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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 mike8675309 on 8/15/2013 10:57:32 AM , Rating: 2
Buying a used car today is no better of a deal then buying one in the past. While the increase in new car costs has trailed inflation, used car costs have also increased. That includes the cost of maintenance. A lot of the drive to own a new car by those with lower income is to have the warranty and avoid the chance of dealing with shady mechanics.

By Monkey's Uncle on 8/15/2013 11:22:39 AM , Rating: 2
Buying a used car is still far cheaper than a new one - sometimes as much as 20-25% cheaper.

If you buy used even from the previous 1 or 2 years, chances are that you are not going to get hit with huge repair bills. And there will still be a factory warranty - most factory warranties are 3 years with some going as long as 10 years. Most extended warranties are transferable as well.

The only real benefit to buying new is that you are getting a virgin car and you get to pop its cherry. That and the new car smell.

By Jeffk464 on 8/15/2013 12:04:00 PM , Rating: 2
Eh, buy a reasonably priced new car, baby it, and drive it for 15 years.

By Nagorak on 8/16/2013 6:45:03 AM , Rating: 2
You're never off buying a new car. Buy a 1-2 year old car and drive it for 15 years. Or buy a 10 year old car and drive it for 10 years, even 5 years. You come out way ahead either way.

The new car premium is just way too high.

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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