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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 KFZ on 8/16/2013 12:14:20 PM , Rating: 2
"It's about time" isn't the same as "we have to do something because Uncle Sam says we're required to hit these targets by this date". And while people can welcome improvements, this is thanks in large part to laws, not innovation or smart business.

Oh, government is such a good guy, done his part to improve things because those nasty auto makers just care about making money. We heard the same thing about insurance companies. Out came the health mandate, out comes forcing coverage for birth control, bye-bye pre-existing condition policies, etc.

Yes, when we can't make progress the normal way, let's hand it off to our 300-pound government running back to move the ball forward. This is an extremely bad habit we've picked up, even if it does produce results. I will never believe that a government should be able to force a company to improve products beyond health and safety standards -- that is THEIR business. If they get something wrong, ideally another business can come and knock them out.

The problem is we've not simply grown businesses, we've grown empires that are "too big to fail", and government is entrenched in the auto industry just like with the banks.

I, for one, am not going to applaud for something that people were told to do. I'll never give credit to the Obama administration if more people than ever have health insurance -- when it is MANDATED.


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