Though Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic muscle cars, the car maker limited its availability for all these years. Now, there seems to be a major change in course as the pony car celebrates its 50-year anniversary by going global.
Ford has started exporting the stylish Mustang from its manufacturing plant in Flat Rock, Michigan to international markets. For the first time in 50 years, Ford Mustang is leaving the American shores to experience the love from customers in more than 100 markets.
Ford is shipping its latest entry, 2015 Mustang, worldwide by modifying the car to match customers' and regulatory requirements. In UK, customers can get their brand new muscle car with the steering wheel on the right side, starting at £28,995 (around $44,000). The base price brings a 2.3-liter, four cylinder EcoBoost engine aboard that can produce 310bhp. But if you have some extra cash, you can add more power to the engine by picking up a 5.0-liter V8 415hp Ford Mustang for £32,995 ($50,000).
The exteriors are standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlamps, LED taillights, rear diffuser, a nine-speaker sound system, an 8-inch touchscreen with Ford's SYNC 2 voice control, climate controlled leather upholstery and comes in 10 color options, Auto Express reported.
Ford is not blindly shipping out its precious pony car to international markets. The Mustangs will be able to withstand the desert heat or the bumpy roads of China with equal ease. The European shipments will leave from the Maryland port, while the shipments to Asian countries like China will depart from the Portland port. The carmaker has also added 100 jobs at the Portland port to keep up the shipment processing speed.
"Preparing these vehicles for shipment to their final destination is critical to satisfying both customer and regulatory requirements for our markets around the world," said Gerald Schoenle, director, Ford Trading Co, according to Detroit Free Press. "We want our customers globally to know that their Ford vehicles will meet emissions, safety and road-worthiness requirements."