As Ford prepares to end local production in Australia, it believes it has just the cure for the outgoing Ford Falcon in the 2015 Ford Mustang.
The Ford Mustang hasn’t been offered in right-hand drive in years, marking the 2015 Mustang as a special entry down under. And locals seem to be very excited for the car’s full-blown return because 2,000 customers have put their names down with deposits for the pony car, according to Car Advice.
Ford first began testing the waters when it confirmed the 2015 Ford Mustang would be imported to Australia in 2013, and by December of 2014, 600 deposits had been made for the car. That number is obviously up substantially, most likely due to official pricing announced this past March.
“As soon as Ford announced Mustang was coming to Australia, our phones started ringing. A few customers even made deposits before pricing and specifications were confirmed. I’ve never seen anything quite like it,” said Bayford Group Victoria dealer principal David Blackwood.
And the 2015 Ford Mustang is poised to be a performance bargain. Pricing for the 2015 Mustang equipped with the Ecoboost four-cylinder engine starts at $44,990 AUD, or $34,829 USD. That’s a fair price for 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque.
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT will command a tad more, however. For those interested in 5.0-liter V8 power, it will cost an additional $10,000 AUD, or $42,571 USD. But, that price hasn’t held buyers back from the GT model.
“Just like in America, we are seeing great early demand for the V8 GT models,” said Ford Australia president and CEO Graeme Whickman. “But, we think the EcoBoost model will be a bigger seller longer term and help sustain sales longer than most performance cars…”
About 42 percent of deposits for the 2015 Ford Mustang are for the GT fastback.
We’re happy to see Ford taking care of its Australian fanbase with a proper replacement for the storied Falcon nameplate. Now, the question is, what will Holden do to counter?