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Ford Celebrates Official Launch of All-New Mustang Going Global; Iconic Pony Car En Route to Asia
by Staff Report

Ford celebrates the official launch of export of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang to customers around the world.
Mustang is available in more than 100 markets in both left- and right-hand-drive configurations while Ford is a top U.S. exporter of automobiles, which supports American jobs

The iconic Mustang is officially going global.

For the first time in its 50-year history, Mustang will be available to customers around

the world in more than 100 markets. First shipments of the highly

anticipated Mustang are headed for Asia, with vehicles arriving in

Europe midyear.

The all-new Mustang – assembled in Flat Rock, Michigan – now joins other Ford and

Lincoln vehicles exported to countries abroad. In 2013, Ford Motor

Company shipped more than 380,000 vehicles from the United States,

making the automaker a top U.S. exporter of vehicles.

“Henry Ford exported the sixth Model A assembled in 1903 and we continue this legacy

today,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “The success

of our One Ford plan presents opportunities for growth in global

markets. Exporting Ford and Lincoln vehicles to Asia Pacific and beyond

is an important part of Ford’s global growth story. Mustang is just one

more example of the international demand for Ford cars and trucks.”

Going global means jobs

Making Ford vehicles available to global consumers supports thousands

of jobs across the United States. The all-new 2015 Mustang is supported

by U.S. suppliers in 25 states. In 2013, Flat Rock Assembly Plant in

Michigan, the car’s production home, celebrated the 1 millionth Mustang

built there. The facility has approximately 3,000 employees working two

shifts at full capacity to produce Mustang and Fusion. In addition, 100

jobs at the Port of Portland have now been added to support Ford

exports bound for Asia Pacific and other markets.

"Serving as a gateway for exports of new Ford vehicles to China and Korea has helped

boost employment and bolster our local economy," said Bill Wyatt,

executive director for the Port of Portland. "Auto exports and imports

support more than 500 jobs at our marine terminals, and they have been

an important part of our diverse cargo portfolio since 1953."

Preparing Mustang for export

Mustangs exported from the United States undergo a series of steps to

ensure compliance with vehicle standards in the destination countries.

At each port’s homologation center, Ford and Lincoln vehicles receive

finishing touches that follow specific engineering work completed in

production at the plant. Vehicles undergo proper customs documentation

and tracking so Ford can ensure their progress and delivery. Certain

vehicles receive an underbody coating and documents in the destination

country language.

“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 Gerald Schoenle, director, Ford Trading Company.

“We want our customers globally to know that their Ford vehicles will

meet emissions, safety and road-worthiness requirements.”

The addition of a right-hand-drive Mustang to Ford’s global vehicle lineup will allow the

iconic pony car to be exported to more than 25 of these markets around

the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.

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