Mustang Driven

News, information and my adventures with America's favorite pony car.

Is it a Mustang?

    Of course with the reveal of the newly redesigned 2015 Mustang, comes the negative comments.  I know I've heard them from people around me. "It's not a Mustang","It looks too European", "It's ugly".
    Well as for the last, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I can't argue that one.

    As far as the Mustang looking too European, or not enough like a Mustang, let's look at that. We know it's a fact, that Ford wants to sell the Mustang in Europe, and we know that Europeans want the Mustang. While surfing the internet I found this picture. It shows a comparison between the new Mustang and a Aston Martin Vanquish. Yes their are similarities, but enough to say Aston-stang?
     It's not a copy. That's clear, but there are similarities in design features. Ford is not the only manufacturer to do this. Have you seen the Hyundai Genesis, it looks like a Mercedes Benz. The front end of the Kia K900 looks like a Jaguar.  Did you notice the lower half of the rear bumper? Looks similar to the Subaru BRZ, built by Toyota. Wait isn't that a Japanese company?

Many manufacturers emulate design features from each other, to appeal to customers, in various countries, and sometimes cause it's a good idea.
        Let's look at what makes the 2015 a Mustang. Ok, so the hockey stick is gone...not the first time in Mustang history, and it won't be the last. Does that define the Mustang? NO. Look at the similarities between the most famous Mustang, the 1968 Fastback, and the 2015. Sleek roof line, flared fenders, and of course the tribar tail lights.
     Ok, so the gas cap is gone, but the same flat panel between tail lights is there. The black panel is another nod to it's heritage dating back to the 1970 mustang.  Remember the missing hockey stick? Well in the picture below you see it went missing in the 1970 Mustang as well. You still see the straight line the runs the length of the car, and the slight curve of the nose, though more pronounced in the 2015 model. The grill has always been an important part of the Mustang, and you can see that it is just as aggressive looking as it was in 1970.  
I could go on and on, from the headlights, to the hood, to the roof lines, to the various generation design changes. Some successful, to some not successful.  In the end there is only one question...and the answer is , YES IT IS A MUSTANG!