DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. today officially launches production of the redesigned Ford Mustang at a U.S. plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.
With the new model, Ford is building the Mustang to suit global tastes for the first time. That will include a first-ever right-hand-drive version.
Ford is adding 25 right-hand-drive markets such as the UK, Australia and South Africa and 56 left-hand-drive markets for a total of nearly 120 countries where the car will be sold.
All Mustangs will be built in Flat Rock. The plant also produces the Fusion midsize sedan.
The new Mustang's features include an independent rear suspension, a redesigned front suspension and a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. The Mustang also will be offered with the latest version of Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine and a 3.7-liter V-6.
The redesign of the sixth-generation model aims to meet global safety standards while retaining classic cues such as the long hood and three-bar taillights. "It's been designed to be accepted globally," said Michael Robinet, an analyst at consultant IHS Automotive. "But there's still a lot of traditional American design in that vehicle. That's the allure of it."
Ford has told U.S. dealers it expects order scheduling of the Mustang coupe to begin in late September and the car to arrive in dealerships in November. European sales will begin next year.
Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Mustang in April. To commemorate the anniversary, each new Mustang will have a badge on the instrument panel incorporating the galloping pony logo and the words “Mustang -- Since 1964.”
Ford has sold more than 9 million Mustangs. It is one of the few nameplates in continuous production for more than 50 years.
Bloomberg contributed to this report