With this years new car sales winding down and sales of 2012s vamping up it’s time to look at a few of Ford’s legendary and newer models. During the year I had the opportunity to test drive both the 2011 Mustang convertible and Flex. The manual Mustang V6 complete with pony package and racing stripes brought more than enough power to this years Mustang line.
Within the sports car were power options, led lamps, and cutting edge voice activated Sync system. Today’s technologies within a car from yesteryear is truly a testament at just how far Ford has brought nostalgic models like the Mustang through its (almost 50 year) evolution. Smooth shifting and a durable convertible top also added to the value of this years 2011 model.
For 2012 however, Ford will not only be stepping up a notch in their legendary model, they will be swinging the doors wide open for consumers to get exactly what they want. “No customer wants their Mustang to be the same as their neighbor down the street,” said Melvin Betancourt, Ford SEMA design manager. “Mustang comes equipped with a solid foundation of great design and performance, but people want to express themselves through accessories and upgrades. They can go as far as making it a track car, or using it as a style standout that’s for touring.”
In an effort to feed customization-hungry pony car enthusiasts, Ford recently launched the 2012 Mustang Customizer at www.ford.com/cars/mustang, a site offering an online experience that allows people to create their own virtual Mustangs, choosing colors and accessories to complement the design.
For 2012 Ford will also be manufacturing and selling newly made 1964-1966 Mustang body shells to those who want to experience the classic muscle car for themselves. This opportunity will be a perfect way to mix the retro body with the comforts, technology and power options found in vehicles today.
These ‘younger’ models such as the Ford Flex may not have the klout and history of the Mustang but do have the power. From the v6 Eco-Boost engine to the 6-Speed Selectshift auto transmission, the elongated, six passenger Flex takes family transportation to a whole new level. In the past there were limited (and staid) choices for family transportation such as VW buses, station wagons and later minivans. Today though, Ford has brought a sense of “coolness” to the table (in the Flex) while including functionality, style, and comfort.
For 2012 Flex Limited and Titanium series have available upgrades to the second- and third-row seating. The 60/40 split fold-flat second-row bench seat now includes a flip-out armrest with two cupholders; the one-touch PowerFold® and tumble third-row 50/50 split fold-flat bench with tailgate will be available in 2012 models (2011 models second row was 40/40).
During 2011 both Ford models achieved many awards from both consumers, reviewers, publications and throughout the automotive industry. The 2011 Mustang won an Auto Excellence award by Popular Mechanics and a Consumer Reports 2011 Top Pick award. The 2011 Flex picked up a few accolades during the year as well and even earned an award from Texas Automotive Media Association as being a consumers choice for the Best Square Car.
Ford.com Popular Mechanics.com
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