There are definitely two sides of the fence on this story, so get ready to debate, fans of American muscle!
First, a little background:
The current Ford Mustang design, as great as it is, has been around since 2005. That’s pretty ancient in the auto world. The good news, though, is the design doesn’t feel outdated and has aged incredibly well. (Can you imagine if the Honda Accord had gone unchanged since 2005?)
Needless to say, a next-generation Mustang must on the way, right?
Yes. But, according to Automotive News, it may not be designed in America.
Ford adopted a global design approach to all new vehicles three years ago. Studios in Europe, Asia, Australia and the U.S. create styling ideas, the best of which become incorporated into the final production-ready design.
The Mustang, which has been designed solely in Ford’s U.S. studio since 1964, remains an American icon in auto design but will not be an exception to this global strategy.
Others will point out that Ford’s strategy is spot on, and the company must revisit the pony car formula for the next generation of global car buyers.
I happen to believe that global design input can only help the future of the Mustang, so long as it’s taken as just that: input. Take a look at the Italian-designed Mustang concept from ItalDesign’s Fabrizio Giugiaro, pictured here. Yeah, there are some cool design elements, but there are also scissor doors, a deformed rear end and, wait for it… horsehide seats. I know a Mustang is a type of horse, but I’d rather sit on the skin of dead cows.
I think American designers should get all the input they can from around the world, but ultimately the design should remain home grown.
Should the next Mustang, which could come in 2014 or 2015, be designed outside the United States?