Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Hills of North Georgia,USA
Hot to Trot: 2005 Ford Mustang spotted during recent testing
A vacationing car guy caught these shots of a camouflaged 2005 Ford Mustang as it rolled out on a recent test in preparation for its debut next year.
Jim Padilla, Ford North America group vice president, confirmed that the Mustang's Fox platform, which dates to 1978, would be scrapped for the 2005 Mustang. Ford will use a less expensive version of the rear-drive DEW platform used for the Lincoln LS, Jaguar S-Type and Ford Thunderbird.
"We're going to put a modern chassis on this vehicle," Padilla said earlier this year at an event announcing the Mustang's new production location at AutoAlliance International, a Ford-Mazda joint venture plant in Flat Rock, Mich.
Padilla declined to describe the changes made to the platform for the Mustang but said changes were necessary because DEW is a "very expensive" platform.
My first car was a 67 Mustang Coupe, 2nd one was a 67 Cougar XR-7, 3rd one was a 66 Mustang Coupe. Why did I get rid of these cars for ? I know why, because I'm stupid, stupid, stupid.
My next Ford.....