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Ford Designers on the New 2015 Mustang

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J Mays, Ford’s design chief, is set to retire at the end of the year. Before he does, he sat down for an interview providing a sneak peek into the mind of the man behind the next-generation Mustang design.

Of course, we all want to know how hard it was to re-design the next generation of the American classic. Surprisingly, Mays said it wasn’t. He considered the task more of an honor than anything else. Hashing out design plans since 2009 indicates a great many long hours were put into crafting the 2015 Mustang, whose global debut took place earlier this month; but for Mays, the work was a joy.

What did the designer choose as his favorite part of the new 2015 Mustang? The tri-bar tail lamps, saying he’s “just a sucker for history.”

Though this is the first Mustang to be made available globally, Mays said its design didn’t have to be tailored to suit the various markets:

“We wanted to design a Mustang first and foremost and offer that to the world. I’ve lived overseas long enough to know people who live in Europe and Asia love it because of its Americanism. No watering down. We had to bring the faithful along. We couldn’t possibly lose them. And we wanted to attract a new audience as well. I think we struck the right balance with this car.”

Mays anticipates a surprising number of Mustang fans overseas. He declared, “You don’t have to sell [a Mustang]. If it doesn’t sell itself, you’re probably not a Mustang fan.” Here at Pegues Hurst Ford, we would have to agree.

Congratulations on your retirement, Mr. Mays. And thank you.


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