The Ford Mustang beat the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger the 5th month in a row and the 27th time in the past 29 months, allowing the Motor Company to continue to lead the muscle car segment as it climbs out of the slow winter months. Reprinted with permission from TorqueNews coverage of Ford's monthly sales.
The Ford Mustang is on quite a roll, having outsold both of its key competitors in all but two of the months since the new generation hit dealerships back in November 2014. Since the 2015 Mustang began rolling off of dealer lots in late 2014, the Mustang has been the top dog in the muscle car class, beating the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger – often convincingly – in every month except for September and October of 2016.
Since then, the Mustang has beaten the Camaro each and every month by a significant margin and March 2017 was more of the same – with the Ford beating the Chevy by more than 2,000 units while the Dodge finished up nearly 3,000 units behind the class-leading Mustang.
The folks at Mustang6g.com have proven to be the authority on inside information on the newest generation of the Ford Mustang and this time, the community has rolled out some pretty interesting images. A member of their forum posted images which reportedly come from inside a Ford Motor Company facility and in these images we see what appears to be a Shelby GT350R Mustang test mule, but there are a handful of features which make this car unique from the current GT350R.
These differences – which we detail below – suggest that the Motor Company is either working on a more extreme aerodynamics package for the Shelby GT350R Mustang, or they are using GT350R Mustangs as test mules for the long-rumored Shelby GT500. In any case, it certainly looks as though Ford is cooking up something special for the Shelby Mustang.
The Ford Mustang has been refreshed inside and out for the 2018 model year. While the majority of the attention paid to the newest Mustang will focus on the exterior design, the Motor Company has given the new pony car a unique interior feature which won’t be noticed by most people – but I bet that it will be enjoyed by the owners.
The 2018 Mustang has an engine start button which flashes red when the vehicle is prepared to be started up, with the subtle, flashing light blinking at the same rate as the heartbeat of an actual mustang (the horse breed) at rest.
The Pulsing Engine Start Button
The pulsing engine start button in the 2018 Ford Mustang isn’t going to help sell cars and I expect that people who own other performance cars will pass this feature off as being pointless, but it is a cool, simple feature that owners are sure to enjoy.
Ford Motor Company announced today that the 2018 Ford Mustang and 2018 Ford F150 will both feature a new Nighttime Pedestrian Detection system which can apply the brakes in the event of an imminent collision with a person on foot – a feature which Ford says will reduce driver stress at night.
Ford’s press release this morning made it official that both the 2018 Mustang and the 2018 F150 will both feature a new Nighttime Pedestrian Detection system. The company offered details on how the system works, but before getting into that, I want to talk a little about the beginning of Ford’s announcement.
Drivers are Afraid of the Dark
Ford’s announcement started by referencing a poll that the Motor Company conducted which found that most drivers’ greatest fear when driving at night is hitting a pedestrian they cannot see in the dark. Ford points out that some experts believe that this fear of hitting a person on foot while driving at night stems from the early day of mankind, where man was more likely to be attacked by predators at night…essentially causing humans to be inherently afraid of the dark.
Living in the age of the automotive recall, we are prone to see some safety recalls which don’t actually pose any safety risk and this new Ford Mustang recall is one of them. The problem at cause for this recall doesn’t make the Mustang any less safe when being driven down the road, but in the event of an accident – this problem could increase the chances of the driver being injured.
2017 Ford Mustang Door Handle Recall
This new recall of the 2017 Ford Mustang focuses on the driver’s side inside door handle or, more specifically, the return spring of the driver’s side inside door handle.` Ford believes that a batch of 2017 Mustangs may have been built with a driver’s side door handle return spring which have been “misoriented” during assembly.
If the driver’s side inner door handle return spring of a 2017 Ford Mustang is “misoriented”, that spring is more likely to come unseated. In the event of an accident in a Mustang in which the driver’s side door handle return spring has become unseated, the forces experienced during the impact could cause the door to swing open.