Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Ford Mustang coming to NASCAR Cup Series for first time in 2019

Ford Mustang coming to NASCAR Cup Series for first time in 2019

But if anything, Ford has performed well this season in the current Fusion.

"We are giving Mustang a proper birthday today, with the Australian unveiling of the new 2018 model and confirming its Australian track-debut with Supercars in 2019", said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman.

The Ranger Raptor super-ute will become the sole Ford Performance model available in Australia when it goes on sale in September, priced from under $75,000.

Further details of the Ford Fiesta ST will be announced closer to the its on-sale in 2019.

New Zealand enthusiasts will be able to buy the new-generation Ford Fiesta ST in 2019.

However, apart from the upcoming limited-edition Mustang Bullitt, there will be no additions to the Mustang coupe and convertible range, upgraded 2018 versions of which arrive here in August.

For Ford Mustang aficionados, April 17 is unique.

"Ford Performance's diverse line-up of vehicles reflects customer feedback that Australians are looking for advanced, efficient, performance models across all types of vehicles", Whickman said.

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However, the back button is still there, which according to Stephen Hall from 9to5Google, is only shown contextually. Its Home button is now pill-shaped - like iPhone X's but smaller - and the recent apps button is gone.

Ford Australia will be providing financial and technical support to DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing to homologate the Mustang under Supercars' Gen2 regulations.

Ford offers different interior styling packs, offering alternative trim and finishes inside the auto, and it's likely NZ STs will feature a high specification as standard. In China the Ford Mustang was the best-selling sports coupe previous year with 7,125 registrations.

In the lead up to Mustang Day, Ford asked fans in the Middle East to post pictures of their Mustangs to Instagram with the hashtag #Mustang54, with those images accumulated and compiled to create a mosaic - a first-of-its-kind in the region.

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That's because Ford's two Thai plants will cease Fiesta and Focus production, being used instead for expanded Ranger volume.

"Reality is the market is changing, we're seeing less passenger cars and more SUVs and pickups".

The Fiesta ST is also renowned for its chassis dynamics, with its dynamic ability, driver involvement and point-to-point real-world performance developed even further for the new generation. Focus was outsold five-to-one by its most successful competitor in 2017.

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