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Production of right-hand drive Ford Mustang begins

For the first time ever, a right-hand-drive Ford Mustang will roll off a Ford assembly line when global production begins. The addition of a right-hand-drive Mustang to Ford’s line-up of global vehicles will allow the iconic ‘pony car’ to be exported to more than 25 right-hand-drive markets around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and probably even India.

Ford RHD Mustang

Mustang engineers recently finished construction of the very first right-hand-drive sixth-generation Mustang. The prototype Mustang will be used to conduct various development tests in preparation for the car’s entry into the global market in the coming months. Ford still has to launch a few more new products in the Indian car market and the Mustang is likely to be one of them, as this won’t be the gas-guzzling V6 or the V8, it will be the 2.0-litre EcoBoost think that churns out 245bhp of power.

While the United States is the largest market for Mustang with more than 9.2 million sales since the car’s debut in 1964, more than 161,000 Mustangs have been sold outside of North America in that time. In 2012 alone, more than 4,000 Mustangs were sold in 35 countries outside of North America, ranging from the United Arab Emirates to Chile to the Philippines.

While Mustang has more than 100 fan clubs around the globe, and was recently voted “Europe’s Most Wanted Classic Car” by AutoScout24, bringing a right-hand-drive Mustang to market will allow more enthusiasts to experience the car than ever before. There is a fan following for the Mustang in India too, and there is no denying that India could be a good market to tap for Ford.

If marketed well, the Mustang will be a good option to procure as it has always been cheaper than its rivals. The only downside is that no enthusiast will want to have a Mustang with 2.0-litre engine.

Source : CarDekho