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Ford's pony car to go on a massive diet according to a new report

Ford's iconic Mustang is due for a major redesign next year, which should give it some momentum against the Chevrolet Camaro, which has been outselling it in recent years (to be fair, the Mustang has clawed back in recent months). The new Mustang is supposed to gain a few new engines and an independent rear suspension.
However, a new report from Edmunds suggests that the new Mustang is also supposed to lose a lot as well -- namely a few hundred pounds from its curb weight. According to sources familiar with the 2015 Mustang, the vehicle will be a minimum of 400 pounds lighter than the current model.
Ford hopes to achieve this astonishing weight loss partially by trimming down the dimensions of the pony car. "The big thing is that it will be a 'smarter' size," said Edmunds' source for the 2015 Mustang information. The vehicle will feature shorter front and rear overhangs, trimming just over a foot off the overall length. The new Mustang is also reported to be about 6.5 inches narrower.

Computer rendering of a possible design direction for the 2015 Mustang
"They are going to use more aluminum, better structural engineering in terms of spot welds and so on and so forth, basically using less material and making it stronger," added the source.
A 2014 Mustang with 3.7-liter V6 engine and a 6-speed manual transmission weighs 3,501 pounds and is rated at 19/29 mpg (city/highway). Opting for the automatic transmission boosts the EPA rating to 19/31 (city/highway).
We previously reported that the 2015 Mustang is set to get a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine producing close to 300hp. There are also rumors that an EcoBoost V6 engine will join the existing 5.0-liter V8 engine in the lineup. All of the new engine options will be optimized to improve fuel economy in response to government CAFE mandates.

2015 Mustang test mule
The Mustang, however, isn't the only upcoming Ford model set to go on a serious diet. The best-selling F-150 could see a weight reduction of up to 700 pounds due to a greater use of aluminum and high-strength steel.

Source: Edmunds

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By Voldenuit on 8/14/2013 3:09:25 PM , Rating: 2
Average selling price of a new vehicle last year was $31,000, which is one of the highest (adjusting for inflation) recorded.

This is one of the reasons the average age of vehicles on the road is now up to 11-point-something years.

You make a good point that advertised car prices are very low, but nowadays manufacturers are making a fine art of advertising stripper models that are never available on the lot, or find ways to add hidden costs to their vehicles. I once test drive a V6 Mustang at a shady Ford dealership, that, no joke, had a price on the invoice for a non-existent racing stripe and a dealer charge (for ~$250) for removing said stripe.

By Flunk on 8/14/2013 3:36:53 PM , Rating: 2
I think the reason that the average age of cars on the road being ~11 years is because cars are now built better than ever before so they last longer.

By Spuke on 8/14/2013 3:54:18 PM , Rating: 2
Actually the number went up when the economy tanked. Nothing to do with being better built.

By BRB29 on 8/14/2013 9:41:25 PM , Rating: 3
In other words, a massive decrease in disposable income is causing massive decrease in new vehicle sales. Wow, the correlation.

Avg age of vehicles have been increasing since the 80s. However, it was a steady slow pace. It took a spike since 2009 and it was no surprise.

By JediJeb on 8/15/2013 3:34:44 PM , Rating: 3
Wow I am above average on vehicle age I guess since mine is 17 years old.

If they made something new that I actually liked maybe I would buy new... well actually no, I still consider the new ones far overpriced.

My newest to me vehicle is now an 85 Jeep Cherokee that I am restoring. Why don't they make vehicles like that anymore, just plain and simple.

By Spuke on 8/15/2013 5:15:51 PM , Rating: 2
Why don't they make vehicles like that anymore, just plain and simple.
Three words: safety, emissions, fuel economy. Cars will never be "simple" again. About the only cars I find interesting are on the expensive side. I will mention that I find the Honda Accord Coupe with V6 and 6 speed manual (yes a MANUAL and only available in that configuration) transmission to be very interesting.

BTW, cars are still mechanical devices. The only thing somewhat complex (direct injection ECU's ARE complex..the regular one's aren't) is the electronic control systems and there's nothing to figure out there as they're closed units that rarely fail. I find that most failures are sensors and mechanical items.

By Nagorak on 8/16/2013 6:35:13 AM , Rating: 2
It's hard to say what that statistic means. It could easily mean that the poor economy has had a much more detrimental impact on those in the lower and middle classes, than those who are better off. Therefore they have cut back on purchases more, while the more affluent have kept buying. In other words, the mix of sales could have changed, resulting in the increase in average cost, rather than cars across the board costing more. I actually suspect that is a large part of the equation.

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