with the new glass roof option, from
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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:
540 hp from a 5.4-liter supercharged
- 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
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.