All-New Mustang Going Global

The Ford Mustang has been confined to the North American market since its introduction way back in 1964; outside the region the only way you could have one would be to import it yourself. The new 2015 model, however, deviates from this tradition – the pony car is now leaving on the boat to international markets straight from the Flat Rock plant in Michigan for the first time, through official channels.

Units of the S550 Mustang are currently headed to Asian markets like China and Korea; Europe is set to receive its first cars in the middle of this year. And unlike all its predecessors, the latest model will also be available in right-hand drive for the first time, expanding its reach to another more than 25 countries including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.

Us too – by the end of the year, Malaysians will be able to walk into Ford dealerships and drive out in a Mustang, in either 2.3 litre EcoBoost turbo four or 5.0 litre naturally-aspirated V8 flavours.

Cars destined for export markets have to undergo a series of homologation steps to comply with the standards of the destination countries. The cars receive finishing touches at the homologation centres at each port, including proper customs documentation and tracking, as well as underbody coating and documentation in the countries’ native language for certain vehicles.

“Preparing these vehicles for shipment to their final destination is critical to satisfying both customer and regulatory requirements for our markets around the world,” said Ford Trading Company director Gerald Schoenle. “We want our customers globally to know that their Ford vehicles will meet emissions, safety and road-worthiness requirements.”

Ford now employs around 3,000 people at Flat Rock, working at full capacity in two shifts to produce the Mustang and Fusion (known to us as the Mondeo). Additionally, another 100 jobs have been added at the Port of Portland to support exports to Asia Pacific and beyond.