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#887 of 2924 Why the Mustang is such a hit.
Apr 04, 2005 (11:01 am)
Try to imagine that its 1968 and you are watching a sci-fi movie about the future and some one is driving a Mustang. Imagine if you back in 1968 imagining what a Mustang would look like in 30 years.
In my case I would think of something that looks like the 2005 Mustang. That is the reason why I think people are so excited about the styling. It isn't really retro. The PT Cruiser is retro.
What the Mustang is, is taking what everyone knows a Mustang should look like and translating it into a car for the 21st century.
What GM did with the GTO is they took a look at current Pontiacs and translated that into a 2 door coupe. Hence you have something that looks like a Pontiac Sunfire. Ford would have gotten the same look if they had styled the Mustang along the lines of the Focus or heaven forbid the Taurus.
And as for peeople who think the GTO is a better car. Well price wise the GTO isn't really in the Mustang GT class. The GTO would be more in the same class as the 2007 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 500 Cobra. With a 450 hp from the Ford GT so
But then its not really going to matter because by 2007, the hottest car in the Pontiac lineup will be, what? a 3.8L pushrod powered G6? With 5k in rebates?
It took Ford 14 months to sell 1 million Mustangs, It took GM about 40 years to sell 1 million Corvettes.
GM is finished, its just a matter of time.
#888 of 2924 Re: Why the Mustang is such a hit. [mschmal]
Apr 04, 2005 (11:22 am)
I own an '05 Mustang GT (premium, loaded), but in defense of GM, the Corvette is much more expensive than a Mustang and is produced in far less numbers. So it stands to reason that it took longer to reach the 1 million mark.
#891 of 2924 Re: GT500 Article [mschmal]
Apr 04, 2005 (12:55 pm)
Thanks for the article. With the mention of "SVT boss Hau Thai-Tang..." in the third paragraph, does this mean that Coletti is not the head guy of the SVT group?
#893 of 2924 Hau Thia-Tang's official position
Apr 04, 2005 (2:25 pm)
Hau Thai-Tang, director, Ford Advanced Product Creation and SVT
Not sure if that answers your question or not.
Apr 04, 2005 (5:11 pm)
GM had to pay Fiat $2 Billion. That isn't going to help GM so take that into consideration.
Apr 05, 2005 (5:05 am)
Yeah, that GM/Fiat deal was doomed from the start. I still don't know why GM made that deal. They got....well.....essentially.....nothing for their $2B.