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The car industry is shrinking the world. Nowhere is this more evident than at Ford, who has made an effort in recent years to bring its American lineup and styling in with the rest of the planet's. So when the next Mustang comes out, expect to see it developed with design input from Ford's European and Australian studios.

The Mustang is currently designed exclusively in America and while the styling may soon come from overseas, the Dearborn, Mich., studio ultimately has final say in turning the collaborative styling themes into a final production vehicle. J Mays, Ford's global design chief, is based in Dearborn, and wields this power decisively.

"It is a common process we use on every vehicle," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president for global product development. "When we embark on a new product, particularly one that is all new, it involves all of the studios. Then J [Mays] and the design team pick the best of those themes."

Ford has been using this global design collaboration for three years now, most recently with the new Ranger pickup, which was primarily designed in Australia and will be sold worldwide later this year. But the Mustang is an American icon, acknowledges Kuzak; Ford has conducted surveys in Asia and Europe regarding the Mustang, asking men and women, who represents the car the most? Their answer? Steve McQueen, of Bullitt – naturally.

More: Next Ford Mustang to be Designed Globally on AutoGuide.com
 

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No, the Probe was introduced in 1989 to replace the Mustang now its time for the Probe II.
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Yep. Been there done that. The more things change, the more they remain the...S*CK!
 

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So everyone's supposed to get excited by this "global" design thing? We don't close our borders to anything else so why close them to car designs? Might as well let the rest of the world tell us what a Mustang is supposed to be.

Sad way to start the next 50 years.
 

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Get your American styled Pony Cars today, as they will be gone in 2014!
 

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Does not sound like a good move, but we will have to wait and see
 

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Why cant people love America? And Im talking about Americans. Love our history of muscle cars and let the people who can afford the ferrari's and Rolls love their's. Please dont make a global car and trash its name.
 

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why cant people love america? And im talking about americans. Love our history of muscle cars and let the people who can afford the ferrari's and rolls love their's. Please dont make a global car and trash its name.
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hmmm? theonly thing that will keep the mustang from being a front wheel drive v6 turbo probe-ish set up will the the camaro and challanger. as long as they are "muscle cars" the mustag should stay the same

ive seen this. not sure what i think yet

 

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hmmm? theonly thing that will keep the mustang from being a front wheel drive v6 turbo probe-ish set up will the the camaro and challanger. as long as they are "muscle cars" the mustag should stay the same

ive seen this. not sure what i think yet

I think it's a stupid -looking cross between a Camaro and a SHELBY GT 500...
 

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hmmm? theonly thing that will keep the mustang from being a front wheel drive v6 turbo probe-ish set up will the the camaro and challanger. as long as they are "muscle cars" the mustag should stay the same

ive seen this. not sure what i think yet


Blast from the past but the 2020 is mucho better then we thought.


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