The 2015 Ford Mustang is going global, with a RHD model expected to launch in the land down under toward the end of this year. And while Holden’s Australian factories prepare to cease operations, the powerful RWD Commodore thus prepares to go the way of the Dodo, leaving a “power vacuum” in Australia that’s ripe for the picking.
As Australia’s Drive reports, that’s shaping up to be very good news for the 2015 Ford Mustang, which has already seen 20,000 expressions of interest from potential Australian customers. Soon-to-be Ford Australia President and CEO Graeme Whickman, who takes over the helm from Bob Graziano, has said that the company is “seeing a lot of interest from people who wouldn’t normally consider buying a Ford.”
“We’ve got over 20,000 people with their hands raised for the Mustang alone, and there’s strong interest in the Focus RS as well,” he said. As in Europe, the V6-equipped 2015 Ford Mustang will not be available; Australians will have only the 2.3-liter EcoBoost ($45k AUS, $35,500 US) or 5.0-liter V8 GT ($55k AUS, $43,300 US) coupe models to choose from. Convertible versions of the EcoBoost and GT will command a premium.
Mum’s the word on how General Motors could fire back in Australia; a RHD V8 sportscar with RWD is reportedly in the works to replace the dying Holden Commodore, but whether it takes the form of a seventh-generation Corvette or sixth-generation Camaro is still up in the air.