Just wanted to think about something, regarding the Mustang.
Considering the Mustang was a complete flop when it was brought out to Australia, would they run the risk again?
The new mustang's design is fairly different to its predecessor (fairly? COMPLETELY), would Ford Aust take a chance on it again? I think that the response to the new design is quite strong, and a lot of people think it's pretty good.
What's its estimated power output? Would it be seen as a good car in Australia, and does it have the power and guts to come up with our new market (or new power..) that being, 260+kw to fight with XR8 and Clubsport.
If it were to come again, would it be FPV doing it, or would it be a Ford campaign?
Just a few questions I thought i'd pose... here's a couple of pics to refresh your memory.
Blackout: I'm pretty sure its power output is going to be 298kw, and I definately think it should come to Aus....however it was a flop here because of build quality etc. and that takes a bit to overcome. I think FordAus said they won't bring it because now it isn't really needed with the XR6T, XR8 and GT being around.
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As far as I can tell, it was a quality issue with the cars that caused them to get a bad rap in Australia.
Given that the Mustang we're looking at here is based on the Jaguar/Lincoln DEW98 platform instead of the outgoing Fox platform, all bets are off.
However, the Mustang was a 'hole plugger' for Ford Oz until the BA came online, for helping finance the FPV/Tickford engine line and for giving the crew time to learn about the Mdular V8 so that they could bolt together the Twin-Cam 5.4.
WIth everything that they have managed to achieve with the BA and FPV, I don't think they'll have need to import the Mustang in the next few years, not if they have to front the costs of RHD conversion again.
I beleive it was a combination of build quality and price. At about 90 grand you would have expected a far better car than what you got. I feel someone did their homework wrong when they researched what people would pay for the mustang in oz. If it was 60 grand it would have sold far better IMO but I doubt ford would have made any money on it.
You don't suppose the whole Mustang import program had anything to do with Tickford/FPV becoming familiar with the Modular V8 engines &/or helped justify and pay for a V8 assembly line at their premises.
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