Ford Mustang returns to Australia in 2016 according to Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper. Ford hasn’t offered any official word on the matter, but the paper says that Ford’s global VP of sales and marketing, Jim Farley, is flying to Australia to make the announcement himself on August 13. Farley is the same Detroit executive who spent the past three years deflecting media questions about the future of Ford’s Australian manufacturing operations. Muscle Cars World can’t confirm this for sure, but we will be more than happy to spread muscle cars love all over the world!
The iconic Ford Mustang muscle car will return to Australia after almost 50 years. It will replace the Falcon as Ford’s performance hero in 2016, the same year the Falcon is axed. The normally secretive Ford is taking the unusual step of making the announcement early because it is trying to reassure Australians it will continue to sell cars here even though it will close its manufacturing operations after 90 years.
Australia will not get the Mustang currently on sale in North America, but an all-new model that’s been designed for global sales. It is due to be unveiled at next year’s New York motor show on the 50th anniversary of the Mustang. Some countries will get a four-cylinder version of the new Mustang but Ford Australia is understood to only be taking the V8 performance models. Read more!
The last time a Ford Mustang was imported to Australia as a right-hand-drive car was in the late 1960s. Ford Australia converted a small number of Mustangs locally between 2001 and 2003. They were rushed in to compete with the modern Holden Monaro but, priced close to $90,000, fewer than 400 were sold. The guys at Herald Sun think Ford won’t make the same mistake this time around and the new Mustang is expected to have a starting price close to $50,000. In North America, the basic V6 Mustang costs less than $30,000.