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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 Reclaimer77 on 8/14/2013 5:45:26 PM , Rating: 2
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Automakers are all using that newfound efficiency however, to enable them to create large heavy vehicles with many hundreds of horsepower, while still getting the same MPG as before. In other words, they are keeping MPG the same, in order to give the consumer a larger and faster vehicle.


That's not really true though. Power AND economy have both increased on average.

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If instead, they reduced size and power, and used the efficiency to deliver superior MPG, they could create some really fuel efficient stuff.


It's not really that simple. Especially when the consumers WANT the size and power over superior MPG. Why shouldn't they make the vehicles that people want to buy? That's sort of an important goal in any business don't you think?

Remember the GM offshoot GEO? They got GREAT mileage! But waning interest in small stripped down econo-buckets doomed the brand.

The truth is when it comes down to it, people are willing to pay more in gas for a much nicer, roomier, and powerful vehicle. There's mountains of consumer buying data to prove this point.

You're saying we should just abandon that, and force the manufacturers to make vehicles that people don't want to buy. All in the name of fuel economy, just because.

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Even the Big-3 sell some amazing small turbo-diesels in Europe, but they refuse to bring them here. Why? Profit margin.


Wrong. I wish you would stop making stuff up.

They CAN'T bring them here because the EPA's mandates make it nearly impossible to bring small turbo-diesels to the market. We have the most strict emissions standards of any nation.

Not only do those "80+ MPG" European models fail our safety and crash test regulations, but they don't meet our emissions standards either.

Also a European gallon isn't a US gallon. There's no way to have an all-engine 80+ MPG vehicle using US gallons, it's impossible. And in Europe diesel fuel is MUCH cheaper, and in the US it's MUCH more expensive than petrol.


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