The Ford Mustang is unabashedly an American icon, but can it abide by the automaker’s mantra of “One Ford,” with products shared across the globe? Perhaps so. New reports suggest the next-generation pony car will be designed with input from a number of Ford’s design studios from all over the world.
According to Automotive News, the next-generation Mustang is expected to launch in either the 2014 or 2015 model year. While development work is being reportedly assigned to Ford’s American engineering staff, the Mustang’s styling will be an international joint venture — a vast departure from tradition, as the company’s U.S.-based designers have typically been responsible for the pony car.
While speaking to Automotive News at the Geneva Motor Show this week, Ford’s group vice president for global product development Derrick Kuzak reminded us that the global design input “is a common process we [now] use on every vehicle.”
“When we embark on a new product, it involves all of the studios,” Kuzak told AN. “Then J Mays and the design team pick the best of those themes.”
Kuzak pointed to both the 2012 Focus and the recently unveiled global (but not for U.S. consumption) Ranger pickup as examples of this approach. Both were primarily designed by one studio (Europe and Australia, respectively), but received input from other markets — an important factor, considering each model will be sold across a multitude of countries.
Could the next Mustang receive an infusion of European charisma? Perhaps, but if so, it won’t be the first time the pony car received some foreign influence. In 1965, famed designer Giorgetto Giugiaro — then employed by Bertone — wrapped Ford’s hot sports car in slinky, distinctly Italian sheetmetal. His son, Fabrizio, followed in his father’s footsteps in 2006 with the Giugiaro Mustang Concept – an Italian interpretation on the then all-new 2005 Mustang. Both Giugiaro-designed Mustangs showed more rounded lines than the American-styled cars they were based off of, and included vastly more glass area (the 1965 with a glass rear fastback, and the 2006 concept with a glass roof) than found on the standard production vehicles.
Nostalgia has played a large part in the Mustang’s current design, but you tell us: what should the next Mustang look like? Should Ford evolve the semi-retro form, or should it adopt an all-new aesthetic for the car? Are there any particular design cues that need to carry into the next model to make it a true Mustang? Send your styling advice our way by means of the comments section below.
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