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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 JediJeb on 8/15/2013 4:02:18 PM , Rating: 2
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In the grand scheme of things, $20,000 for a brand new car is pretty reasonable in today's dollars. If people can't afford to buy a brand new car, there's always the used car market.

People need to learn how to live within their means. If you have a ton of financial obligations, buying a brand new car is probably not in your best interests.


I have to disagree here and this is why I feel that way. Back in 1973 my father was working as a mechanic, barely above minimum wage and was making a whopping $8000/year. He bought a new 73 Plymouth FuryIII which was considered just below a car like the Lincoln Town Car, or Cadillac Coupe DeVille, it only lacked the power windows and door locks that those had. He paid $3000 for that car or less than half his yearly salary.

Can someone making $10 per hour now afford a car of that class? Currently for even an economy car most people making that type of wage would need to spend almost 100% of their yearly salary. Where are the nice new cars that someone making $20,000 per year can buy for less than $10,000? The don't exist. To make the ratio work for even those base mid-size cars listed above like the Camry a person needs to make $45,000/year to be near the same ratio of wage to price as back then.


By Monkey's Uncle on 8/15/2013 6:35:25 PM , Rating: 2
K bro, gonna ghave to shoot you down here.

1. Your dad making 8000/year was NOT just above minimum wage for the time. Minimum wage for the time was pegged at $2.00/hr (I know because I was working in a factory at around that time for min wage). Work it out - $8000'yr = 2000 hours (50 weeks x 40 hrs a week) and with a quick bit of 'rithmetic comes out to $4.00 an hour. Double min wage.

Apply that to today's conditions (minimum wage is $10) and the same work week, you dad is making $40,000 a year in today's dollars.

2. OK, I'm an old fart. I remember a neighbor of mine in 1967 bought a brand new Camaro RS/SS(offical pace car version). He paid $2500 for that. At the time it was a pretty high end Camaro (though not the legendary Z/28). I remember it clearly as I was drooling all over his fenders when he brought it home and asked him directly how much he paid for it. He was pretty proud of the car and had no problem telling me. Gas at the time was $0.21 per gallon (just had to throw that in).

I have very strong doubts of your dad picking up a car in the same class as an Eldorado or Town car for $3000 6 years later (I remember as well the Plymoth Fury IIIs - they were used as fleet cars by the police - similar class to the Chargers and Crown Victorias today. They were most certainly not in the same class as an Eldo or Town car! For a Fury I would expect to see it at the same level as today's Dodge Charger which is also used as a fleet car for police. I just checked Chrysler's site. They start at just under $27,000.

Today the minimum wage is $10. Wanna apply the same logic as your dad's salary? Call it double minimum wage - $20 for 2000 hrs a year. That is $40,000. It is certainly enough to plunk down on a car that is $27,000. It is still very close to half of your dad's pay in today's dollars and still affordable.


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