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Between the Coupe and the Convertible
A new Mustang is born with a glass roof

Ford Mustang with the glass roof: front view.

Mustang with the new glass roof option, from next summer.

APN,
14 December 2007.

Between the coupe and the convertible, a new Mustang is born. The famous pony car celebrates its 45th anniversary year with a new factory-installed glass roof option.

At US$1,995, the new glass roof option, which will be available on both the V-6 Mustang and Mustang GT beginning next summer, comes at half the price of moving up from a coupe to a convertible, keeping the coupe’s versatility, headroom and climate-controlled environment.

Ford Mustang with the glass roof: back view.

The glass roof option at half the price of moving to a convertible.

With the growing desire for more natural light in modern cars, production of large sunroofs has increased nearly 200 percent in North America since 2003, according to Just-auto. It is expected to top more than 2.5 million units by 2013. The growth is driven, in part, by consumers’ daily commute time. The number of consumers with commutes lasting more than 60 minutes grew by almost 50 percent between 1990 and 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

While nearly one out of every two sports cars sold in America is a Mustang - and it remains the best-selling convertible - the new glass roof addresses the fact that 62 percent of buyers in the sports car segment are interested in a sunroof or moonroof on their next vehicle, according to J.D. Power and Associates research.

Ford Mustang with the glass roof: view from inside.

The tinted glass roof reduces infrared rays and vehicle cool-down time by 50 percent, with a built-in manual roller blind for further control on sunny days.

Safety glass - Mustang’s glass roof is made of tinted privacy glass, which reduces both infrared rays and vehicle cool-down time by 50 percent. A manual roller blind is built in, allowing further control on sunny days.

The specially formulated glass also protects interior fabric material from solar radiation deterioration and discoloration by reducing solar light transmittance. To help improve acoustics and Mustang’s interior quietness, the glass also features a layer of vinyl that reduces noise, vibration and harshness.

The Glass Roof Mustang is built like a coupe and has been developed to maintain the structural integrity of Mustang. The glass itself is safety glass, meaning that it shatters without sharp or jagged edges, like other automotive glass.

Ford Mustang Bullitt: front view.

Mustang Bullitt: 7,700 units to be produced.

Glass Roof Mustangs will be assembled at the Automotive Alliance International plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, USA. The unique glass is installed at Ford’s adjacent vehicle personalization facility.

Development - During the development phase, production-level prototypes ran through various water, air leakage, durability, squeak and rattle and vehicle dynamics tests. Mustang leads its segment in the 2007 J.D. Power and Associates for IQS, VDS and APEAL studies.

In addition to the new Glass Roof Mustang that goes on sale next summer, two other derivatives join the Mustang V-6 and GT in Ford showrooms early in 2008:

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR

Shelby GT500KR: 540 hp from a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8.

- The Mustang Bullitt returns to the streets four decades after hitting the big screen and features the latest in Ford Racing Technology. Inspired by the original movie car, it delivers 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet (440.5 Nm) of torque. With limited production planned (7,700 units), Bullitt carries on the Mustang tradition of affordable performance with a US$31,075 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price.

- The Shelby GT500KR arrives in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Shelby Cobra GT500KR, known as “The King of the Road.” The KR features a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 with a Ford Racing upgrade pack and a SVT-tuned suspension. It is estimated to deliver 540 horsepower, and only 1,000 units are planned for production.

As it was first introduced in 1964 at the World’s Fair in New York with a price tag of $2,300, the 2009 model year marks Mustang’s 45th year. In the first year, Ford sold more than 417,000 Mustangs.

Today, nearly 9 million Mustangs have been sold, with more than 250 Mustang enthusiasts clubs spread across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.

Besides popularity, the Mustang convertible is the first sports car and first convertible to earn the highest possible safety ratings in all New Car Assessment Ratings test modes performed by the U.S. government. The coupe earned five stars in frontal crash evaluations for both driver and front-seat passenger and in side impact for driver and rollover testing. It earned four stars for side impact for rear-seat passengers.

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