This is Joe Hinrichs. Hinrichs is Ford president of The Americas. The photo was taken yesterday at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.
Yes, that’s the 2015 Ford Mustang.
It went into production at Flat Rock yesterday.
In April, Mustang celebrated its 50th anniversary. Some 9.2-million of them have been sold since. You don’t need a whole lot of fingers to count the number of vehicle nameplates that have been in continuous production for 50 years.
“Mustang is and will continue to be an automotive icon,” said Hinrichs.
They are familiar with the Mustang at the Flat Rock plant. Last year, nine years after production moved there from Dearborn, they had built a million of them.
“What an honor it is for the hardworking and dedicated UAW Local 3000 workers of Flat Rock Assembly Plant to build the next-generation Mustang,” said UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles. “I don’t think there is any place in the world where this vehicle is not known. To build it right here in Michigan is something to be proud of.”
The Mustang will become even more well-known as they are also producing a right-hand steering version of the car for 25 export markets where they drive on the “other” side of the road.
Flat Rock has been assembling cars since 1987. It was originally a Mazda plant. Ford has been there since 1992, when it purchased a 50% share in the facility. It subsequently acquired the whole thing.
Last year, Ford invested $55-million in the plant for a flexible body shop. They’ve also installed a three-wet paint system, a high-tech dirt-detection system, and robotic laser brazing.
In addition to the Mustang, they also build the Ford Fusion in Flat Rock.
Chances are, as good as the Fusion is, few people will notice for a while.