Ford Marks Production of 1 Million Mustangs at Flat Rock
- A 2014 Ford Mustang convertible in Ruby Red rolled off a Flat Rock, Michigan assembly line on Wednesday, marking the production of 1 million Mustangs here.
- The sixth generation of the iconic pony car is being prepped for its 50th anniversary next year.
- Ford has not revealed when the future Mustang will go on sale.
FLAT ROCK, Michigan — A 2014 Ford Mustang convertible in Ruby Red rolled off a Flat Rock, Michigan assembly line on Wednesday, marking the production of 1 million Mustangs here. Ford has built and sold more than 8.5 million Mustangs.
The sixth generation of the iconic pony car is being prepped for its 50th anniversary next year.
Ford has not revealed when the new Mustang will go on sale.
"We're not saying anything," said Craig Daitch, a Ford spokesman, in a phone conversation with Edmunds on Thursday.
Flat Rock has been building Mustangs since 2004. Prior to that, the Mustang was assembled at Ford's Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan.
The automaker said in a statement, "Mustang proved to be far more popular than anyone expected."
Mustang is one of the best-known brands in American automaking, with a recognition almost as high as the Ford name itself. The popularity of the car is also reflected in the many celebrity Mustang owners, including actor Kevin Costner, baseball great Reggie Jackson and President Bill Clinton, who owned a 1967 Mustang convertible.
The Mustang's official launch was on April 17, 1964 at the New York World's Fair, although Americans were given a sneak peek the night before, when the automaker bought the 9:30 p.m. time slot on all three TV networks. The teaser set off one of the most legendary stampedes for a car in automotive history.
Ford was swamped with 22,000 orders on the first day alone.
Edmunds says: The excitement begins to ramp up as the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang approaches.