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FORD POSTS BEST JULY U.S. SALES PERFORMANCE IN NINE YEARS ON STRONG DEMAND FOR ITS NEWEST VEHICLES

  • Total Ford Motor Company U.S. sales up 5 percent last month – its best July since 2006; retail sales up 5 percent
  • Ford F-Series has best July retail sales results in nine years, while still delivering record average transaction pricing; Ford commercial vans post best July sales in 15 years
  • Ford brand SUV sales up 11 percent last month for best July sales performance in 10 years. Sales of new Ford Explorer increase 27 percent, all-new Ford Edge up 17 percent, Ford Escape up 10 percent – an all-time July sales record
  • Fusion achieves best July ever; Mustang has best July performance since 2008
  • Lincoln brand delivers best July sales results in a decade, driven by strong demand for its newest SUVs, which post best July sales since 2001

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 3, 2015 – Strong demand for its newest products lifted Ford Motor Company to its best July U.S. sales performance since 2006, with a total of 222,731 vehicles sold last month. Retail sales increased 5 percent.

 

“We continue seeing even stronger demand for our newest products, especially F-150, Explorer, Edge, Mustang and Transit,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “With continued improvement in inventory, F-Series retail momentum continued building in July. Customers truly value the new F-150’s capability, performance and fuel efficiency.”

 

F-Series retail sales are up 13 percent, providing the best July retail results since 2006, even with continued all-time record transaction pricing – up $3,200 versus a year ago.

 

Van sales increased 14 percent last month with a total of 16,090 vehicles sold. The all-new Transit, which posted sales of 8,025 vehicles for July, drove Ford’s commercial van business to 15-year sales highs.

 

Ford brand SUV sales of 67,282 vehicles represent an 11 percent increase over year-ago levels, delivering the best July sales results since 2005 Escape sales increased 10 percent, with 29,253 vehicles sold, representing an all-time July sales record.

 

Explorer momentum continued with 21,361 sales – a 27 percent increase. All-new Edge performance contributed to the increase as well, with sales up 17 percent for July. Edge and Explorer are turning fast on dealer lots at just 18 days and 13 days, respectively.

 

Fusion sales of 25,105 vehicles last month, posted an increase of 5 percent, marking Fusion’s best July sales performance ever. With 8,482 cars sold, Mustang sales increased 29 percent compared to a year ago. Southern California, America’s largest sports car region, continues to drive Mustang performance, with retail sales up 81 percent in July. 

 

Lincoln sales increased 21 percent versus a year ago – the luxury brand’s best July results in a decade. Lincoln MKC was up 60 percent, while the new Navigator saw a 24 percent gain relative to a year ago. The all-new Lincoln MKX delivered a 27 percent increase, turning on dealer lots in just six days.

 

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Is the new MKX on sale now? Selling 7500 between their 3 volume models isn't too shabby. Looking forward to new powertrains in the MKZ when it's refreshed.

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I know higher ATP’s partially explain Ford’s record setting profits in NA last quarter, but one can’t minimize the benefit of reduced complexity too.  So in the light and medium duty segments, Ford really only has the F-150 and SD, not including of course the many bed/cab configurations.  

 

Contrast that same amount to GM whose increased total truck sales come at the expense of having to engineer and build the following:

 

GMC half

GMC medium

Chevy half

Chevy medium

GMC small truck

Chevy small truck

 

So that’s a 3 to 1 ratio

 

 

Obviously there is a lot of shared chassis bits between the redundant brands, but there is also a lot of complexity too.  

 

Not an argument starter, at least not intended as such, but an observation and possible explanation as to why the smaller Ford continuously beats GM in profits.

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Your argument is flawed. As I explained in the GM sales thread, GM only uses two and a half frames for their lineup (the SUVs use a variant of the half-ton frame), plus common drive lines for GMC and Chevy (and Cadillac, for that matter).

Contrast this with Ford's use of three completely different frames, using utterly divergent (huh) body materials, to say nothing of utterly divergent (huh huh huh) body styles.

Advantage: GM. By a long shot.

More likely, Ford's profitably is due to aggressive profit margins in well-negotiated fleet deals, and the most recent numbers not reflecting the recent increases in incentive spending.

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Far more to adding up complexities in offering redundant brands than just a frame.

But you do bring up a good point…..GM budgets the same solid axle suspension designs for their $100K premium Cadillac SUV, as they do for their entry level work truck (huh indeed). So there is that........

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Your argument is flawed. As I explained in the GM sales thread, GM only uses two and a half frames for their lineup (the SUVs use a variant of the half-ton frame), plus common drive lines for GMC and Chevy (and Cadillac, for that matter).

Contrast this with Ford's use of three completely different frames, using utterly divergent (huh) body materials, to say nothing of utterly divergent (huh huh huh) body styles.

Advantage: GM. By a long shot.

More likely, Ford's profitably is due to aggressive profit margins in well-negotiated fleet deals, and the most recent numbers not reflecting the recent increases in incentive spending.

Which truck gets the half frame? ..I don't want that one.. :yikes:

 

I don't think anybody here is qualified enough to assume where any of these global companies are getting their profits for. Or enough information out there for us to read. I mean all the different cab, bed, driveline variations with just one F150(Silverado/Ram) is actually very mind blowing and obviously every little option and variation will cost a different amount.

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Blew up in my face?

 

Well, OK, if you say so.

 

Any thoughts about your remarks about how I am "blind" regarding Ford truck sales.....yet their production was hampered for months?

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Blew up in my face?

 

Well, OK, if you say so.

 

Any thoughts about your remarks about how I am "blind" regarding Ford truck sales.....yet their production was hampered for months?

 

I hadn't intended on dragging that conversation further, but since you asked, Ford had a massive stockpile of previous gen trucks built to sell during the production downtime. In addition, its been months since the new truck has been on sale, only this past month did they post significant gains and did so with a flood of incentives. Recent months saw losses of 5-10% year over year. So far Ford's billion dollar gamble is working famously for GM.

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Case in point: through April, F150 sales were still up 1% on the strength of previous gen sales combined with the new truck. Back to back to back months of losses put Ford where it is now: boosting incentives to stay competitive. But keep believing halted production back in the winter ruined everything.

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Some facts need to be clarified here.

 

2015 F150 Production stopped for 3 months this year. That's half of their normal production.

The last 2014 that was built was exactly 1 year ago, almost to the day.  

2014 incentives were kept relatively low in that year, for an outgoing model, to balance retail volumes.

2015 is moving off the lots twice as fast as everyone else and AVERAGE incentives are lower than everyone else.

 

So, given all that, if sales are flat at this point, and ATP's are way up, I would suggest Ford is in the drivers seat for a stellar second half.

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Far more to adding up complexities in offering redundant brands than just a frame.

But you do bring up a good point…..GM budgets the same solid axle suspension designs for their $100K premium Cadillac SUV, as they do for their entry level work truck (huh indeed). So there is that........

.GM budgets the same solid axle suspension designs for their $100K premium Cadillac SUV

 

That right there...makes you look like a pansy boy.

1. Cadillac Escalade sales are impressive...it seems nobody cares that is has solid rear axles

2. the fact that the Escalade sells for 100 grand...and the way it sells....its telling that nobody cares it has got solid rear axles...

3. the fact that it is a land yacht SUV the size of a football field and its intentions are to have a smooth ride...which it does...and the fact that the Escalade sells so well...proves that nobody cares that the Escalade has solid rear axles...

4. the fact that the Escalade has no sporty intentions for corner carving....and the fact that the Escalade sells so well...for 100 000 dollars...proves that nobody cares that the Escalade has solid rear axles...

 

The fact that the only idiot on this planet that cares it has solid rear axles is you....proves that there in absolutely no need for an Escalade to have solid rear axles...

 

So you can whine to your momma and cry to your grandma...the Escalade does well in the market place....selling at 100 000 American dollars...it sucks to be you...in other words...

 

 

BTW...I heard a rumor that GM trucks...that would be the General Motors Corporation is outselling the Ford Motor Corporation in truck sales....

 

Now,,,that REALLY sucks to be you....you know...the Ford fanatic that you are...

 

For some reason...this is how I am picturing you in reading those sales figures

 

WTF???

Philly-Phanatic.jpeg

 

Yup...the Philly Fanatic....because you are a Ford Fanatic....a clown in other words...and just as despicable...and loathsome...and cartoonish...

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Some facts need to be clarified here.

 

2015 F150 Production stopped for 3 months this year. That's half of their normal production.

The last 2014 that was built was exactly 1 year ago, almost to the day.  

2014 incentives were kept relatively low in that year, for an outgoing model, to balance retail volumes.

2015 is moving off the lots twice as fast as everyone else and AVERAGE incentives are lower than everyone else.

 

So, given all that, if sales are flat at this point, and ATP's are way up, I would suggest Ford is in the drivers seat for a stellar second half.

1.  Yet the lots are full of them, so the production was not needed anyway.

2.  Great, but there are still some out there for sale.

3.  Not when i checked, the incentives were HUGE on he outgoing models to the point where I was steered towards new when lookin a used because the new ones would have been cheaper.

4.  Since when?  last I checked the quickest selling trucks were the Colorado and Canon.  And the high incentives are right in the colume models and have been for months.  If the truck was everything you claim then incentives would not be needed at all..............

5.  highest ATPs belong o GMC, not Ford, so why they are up, they are up for everyone else too FYI. 

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Monthly report out from Erich.  Here are some of the highlights:

 

  • F150 ATP’s increased $2,000 more than industry
  • Commercial fleet sales for F-150 were kept back first half but will be filled 2nd
  • Best SUV sales month in decades, up 11%
  • New Edge is 18 days on lots, with $3,900 higher ATP’s
  • New Explorer is 13 days, and continues climbing over 20k / month
  • Mustang is best selling sports car, continuing domination, w/ $6,500 higher transactions
  • What, no mention of Lincoln Erich???? 

 

 

Behind the Numbers with Erich Merkle: July, 2015

Welcome to the second half!

July was a great month – let’s look behind the numbers. Ford U.S. sales were up 5 percent versus a year ago, making it our best July sales performance since 2006. Our new products are arriving in the marketplace and now providing the lift that we have been talking about throughout our new product transition period. Inventories are still a bit tight, particularly on F-150 and Edge, but are getting better. It’s all about delivering some of the best products available in the industry right now.

So why am I so happy about a 5 percent increase in sales? After all, weren’t GM and Chrysler up 6 percent? Wasn’t Honda up 8 percent, Erich? Here is the other piece to our sales performance. Our average transaction prices were up $2,600 compared to a year ago, relative to an industry that was up $600 overall in the same month. That’s $2,000 more than the overall industry, outpacing all other major automakers for the month. This, along with strong days-to-turn on our newest products, shows that we have a strong advantage over our competition right now.

With inventory building, our F-Series trucks delivered their best July retail sales in nine years, up 13 percent over year ago. Customers love the technology, capability, and fuel economy of the all-new F-150 – and it’s just a great looking truck. What’s even more gratifying is that we increased our sales while maintaining our record average transaction pricing of $44,000 per truck from June. We have more upside with F-150. Dealer inventories will continue to improve, and we will begin filling more commercial fleet orders in the back half of the year.

The SUV segment of the market continues to be really strong, and we are playing a big role. Ford brand SUV sales were up 11 percent in July, giving us our best July SUV performance in a decade. Sales of the new Edge were up 17 percent, with 10,020 vehicles sold. While those numbers are good, Edge can and will do better. As I have said before, we will sell every Edge we can make. We should fully expect

Edge sales to provide more lift in the months to come. Producing them and building our stock is a must. You have 18 days to turn on the Edge and an average transaction price that is $3,900 higher than a year ago. Trust me, we can sell a lot more of Edge.

Explorer sales were up 27 percent in July, with days-to-turn of just 13 days. We sold more than 20,000 Explorers last month, marking only the fourth time in the last 10 years that we reached volume above the 20,000 vehicle mark. Three of these months have occurred this year. And we have the Platinum model coming out very soon so stay tuned.

Escape achieved an all-time July sales record, up 10 percent over last year. We really benefited from the shortened summer shutdown at the Louisville Assembly Plant, which enabled us to improve our stock and produce a new July record for Escape.

Taking a look at our car performance, Mustang sales were up a solid 29 percent. In Southern California – the largest sports car region in America – sales were up a whopping 81 percent, which speaks volumes about the strength of our pony car. It is the best-selling sports car in America this year and is transacting at $6,500 more than a year ago. It’s become the most sought-after sports car in the country. Mustang is the definition of product success.

Fusion had its best July ever with sales up 5 percent. Keep in mind that the overall mid-size sedan segment is down as more and more people move to SUVs. Understanding the plight of the mid-size sedan segment makes Fusion’s 5 percent gain just a little sweeter.

The vans – don’t forget about the vans! They aren’t visual, but when America goes to work chances are good it will be in a Ford van. Our commercial van sales increased 14 percent last month, marking our best van sales month in 15 years. Leading the way is the all-new Transit, which posted sales of 8,025 vehicles for July. How can you not love our vans?

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Mmmmm... PR fluff.

In large font.

Because large font makes everything more shouty and truthtier.

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'Bong, If you didn't know yet, larger or bold font means it is the absolute 100% truth. 100% of the time. ;)

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Your argument is flawed. As I explained in the GM sales thread, GM only uses two and a half frames for their lineup (the SUVs use a variant of the half-ton frame), plus common drive lines for GMC and Chevy (and Cadillac, for that matter).

Contrast this with Ford's use of three completely different frames, using utterly divergent (huh) body materials, to say nothing of utterly divergent (huh huh huh) body styles.

Advantage: GM. By a long shot.

More likely, Ford's profitably is due to aggressive profit margins in well-negotiated fleet deals, and the most recent numbers not reflecting the recent increases in incentive spending.

Touts a truck line that doesn't have a compact or mid size entry plus the added complexity of Eco-Boost and aluminum (hence the large sum of money Ford spent setting up shop for aluminum) and criticizes the competition for having more choices? Only Wings.

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      Proportions more in line with a rear-wheel drive platform - longer front, shorter rear. Dash-to-axle ratio is different to the current model A belt line that rises Slightly tapered roofline (We've done our own set of tweaks to the photos which can be seen at the bottom of the article.)
      Ford also announced that the next-generation Police Interceptor Utility will offer some sort of hybrid powertrain. The company is tight-lipped on specifics on the powertrain (like if it uses a four-cylinder or a V6), but says it is 40 percent more efficient than the 3.7L V6 and will return a combined figure of 24 mpg - 2 mpg better than the front-wheel drive 2.0L EcoBoost. Ford also claims the new Interceptor also boasts a larger cargo model, even with the hybrid's battery pack.
      Ford isn't saying either if this would be appearing on the civilian Explorer, but it would seem to be a safe bet as Ford announced that their utility vehicles would offer some sort of electrification.


      Source: Ford


      All-New Ford Police Interceptor Utility Pursuit-Rated Hybrid Offers Improved Performance, Lower Gas Costs
      All-New Ford Police Interceptor Utility is purpose-built for law enforcement with a standard hybrid powertrain that doesn’t compromise interior space, improves pursuit performance and aims to lower fuel costs, and it comes with standard all-wheel drive  Ford Police Interceptor Utility hybrid expected to save an estimated $3,200 per vehicle in yearly fuel bills versus today’s non-hybrid model, saving tax dollars Ford Telematics with built-in Ford modem and complimentary two-year subscription comes with every vehicle to enable agencies to gain access to quality vehicle information, including fuel use data, CO2 emissions reduction, vehicle health alerts and more WASHINGTON, D.C., June 12, 2018 – Ford, America's best-selling police brand, today introduced the all-new Police Interceptor Utility, the industry's first pursuit-rated hybrid SUV.
      The all-new Ford Police Interceptor Utility hybrid responds to calls from law enforcement agencies for improved performance with lower operating costs to help make the lives of law enforcement officers easier with improved pursuit performance and standard all-wheel drive – and save agencies and taxpayers money. Its hybrid batteries are specially placed inside the vehicle so they do not compromise passenger or cargo space.
      The all-new Police Interceptor Utility also reflects Ford’s plan to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid or both versions for every new utility in North America.
      “We’re committed to electrifying vehicles for all customers, including law enforcement who need the high performance and low operating costs that Ford’s next-generation hybrids will excel at providing,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing. “Standard all-wheel drive is important because crooks don’t stop when it rains.”
      While fuel economy certification isn’t complete, the Police Interceptor Utility hybrid is expected to have a projected EPA-estimated combined label of at least 24 mpg – approximately 40 percent improvement over the current 3.7-liter V6. 
      Anticipated fuel economy gains, combined with expected fuel savings from reduced engine idling time, are expected to help save law-enforcement customers an estimated $3,200 per vehicle in yearly fuel bills versus the current Police Interceptor Utility.
      If you applied these savings to every Ford Police Interceptor Utility sold in 2017, it would equate to more than $126 million at $2.93 a gallon, or more than 43 million gallons of fuel.
      Sales of Ford Police Interceptor Utility rose 5 percent in 2018, building on five straight years of sales growth and capturing 65 percent of the total U.S. police vehicle market.
      The all-new Ford Police Interceptor Utility hybrid is projected to accelerate faster, achieve a higher top speed and have at least 40 percent better fuel economy than the previous V6-powered model, helping catch suspected lawbreakers and reduce costs.
      The new hybrid-powered Police Interceptor Utility also reduces engine idling time to save fuel when the vehicle is stationary. They hybrid can power demanding electrical loads from lights, computers, radios and other equipment using its lithium-ion hybrid battery, allowing the gasoline engine to shut off and intermittently run to charge the battery.
      The Police Interceptor Utility hybrid is calibrated for law enforcement’s unique duty cycle. The utility automatically switches to maximum performance – with the engine and battery working at peak acceleration levels – when needed.
      In addition to improved performance and no trade-offs in utility, cargo and passenger space, the Police Interceptor Utility features exclusive 75-mph rear impact protection for safety.
      Technology Upgrades
      The new Police Interceptor Utility also offers the following features, including:
      Standard Ford modem and two-year complimentary Ford Telematics service – a powerful simple-to-use tool that provides vehicle data regarding fuel use, CO2 emissions reduction, and vehicle health Available all-new Police Perimeter Alert enhances previous Surveillance Mode by using the vehicle’s Blind Spot Information System that can monitor approximately 270-degrees of movement outside the vehicle, and analyze motion to determine potentially threatening behavior.  It features a visual display in the instrument cluster that shows moving objects, the motion trail, and threat level. When suspicious behavior is detected, the vehicle automatically sounds a chime, rolls up the windows and locks the doors Available Rear Camera on Demand that allows officers to see what’s happening behind the vehicle Available Class III trailer tow package that enables Police Interceptor Utility to tow up to 5,000 pounds “With Ford Telematics, we’re helping our police customers unlock the data from their vehicles to provide them with more effective ways to manage their fleets and improve operations,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford Police Brand Marketing Manager.
      The all-new Ford Police Interceptor hybrid will be built at Ford Chicago Assembly plant and up-fitted at Ford’s Chicago Modification Center. It goes on sale next summer. 
    • By William Maley
      The Mustang Shelby GT350 is already quick around a track, but Ford believed they could do better. So they brought the GT350 into their workshop and made various tweaks and changes. The end result is the 2019 Shelby GT350 that not only promises to be quicker, but also easier to drive at the limit.
      It begins with the tires. Ford worked with Michelin on developing tires specific to the GT350. The end result is a set of special Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with a unique tread pattern and compound. They wrap around a set of restyled 19-inch wheels. The anti-lock brakes and steering have been retuned to handle the performance of the tires.
      The suspension gets a new set of springs, anti-roll bars, and an updated tune for the MagneRide adaptive dampers. A new aero package includes a revised grille with sections that are blocked out, revised rear wing, and a Gurney flap.
      Ford has also worked on making the Shelby GT350 a bit more comfortable for passengers. There are new door panel inserts, power adjustments for the front seats, dual-zone climate control, 12-speaker audio system, and a eight-inch touchscreen.
      Pricing hasn't been announced, but the 2019 GT350 will be available beginning early next year.
      Source: Ford


      ‘Somewhere, Carroll Is Smiling;’ New 2019 Shelby GT350 Adds Tech From Mustang Road Course Racing And All-New Shelby GT500
      Upgraded 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 improves on precision and balance all to deliver faster lap times and performance on-track and on the street 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 performance enhancements include improved aerodynamics that reduce drag with the new spoiler and adds downforce with new available Gurney flap installed, new custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, plus chassis and antilock brake tuning for dramatically greater grip Shelby GT350 benefits from Ford Performance Mustang road course racing experience and Shelby GT500 aerodynamic advancements, plus hundreds of hours of on-track and full vehicle simulations; Billy Johnson, Ford GT World Endurance driver, helped dial in final performance tuning DEARBORN, Mich., June 11, 2018 – To improve the new Ford Mustang Shelby® GT350 driver confidence and lap times, Ford Performance leveraged its Mustang road course racing programs and all-new upcoming Shelby® GT500, infusing GT350 with the very latest in track and street technology.
      “Somewhere, Carroll is smiling,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director for Ford Performance vehicle programs. “The new Shelby GT350 is our ultimate track Mustang. We’ve stuck to Carroll Shelby’s original formula for winning championships and made our Shelby GT350 even better with the latest in race-proven aerodynamics, tire and chassis technology.”
      From F-150 Raptor to the Ford GT supercar, Ford Performance is creating authentic performance cars, trucks and utilities that deliver heart-pounding excitement for customers around the world.
      Next-level chassis technology and aerodynamics
      Building on a road course racing and track-focused legacy born in 1965, Ford Performance engineers and designers incorporated the latest advances in tire, aerodynamics and chassis technology into the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350.
      Working exclusively with Michelin, the team also engineered new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with a Shelby GT350-specific tread pattern and different compound to deliver more grip for significantly improved acceleration and lateral acceleration, as well as braking. The 295/35 front and 305/35 rear tires are fitted to improved stiffness and optimize new 19-inch aluminum wheels.
      An all-new rear spoiler with optional Gurney flap and optimized grille closeout was designed and tuned with experience gained from wind tunnel development of the Ford Performance Mustang road course racing cars and upcoming Shelby GT500 model. Together, they deliver significant rear greater aerodynamic efficiency when equipped with the new optional Gurney flap on the rear spoiler, which will be available after launch.
      Upgrades to Mustang Shelby GT350’s standard MagneRide active suspension complement the aero and tire enhancements with recalibrated springs and revised damping to take full advantage of the improvements.
      Stopping power is provided by six-piston front and four-piston rear caliper Brembo™ brakes. For added control and improved driver feedback, Shelby GT350’s electric power-assist steering and three-mode electronic stability control settings feature enhancements taken from Ford Performance’s hundreds of hours of competitive track testing.
      Tuning with Billy Johnson in the driver’s seat
      Billy Johnson knows racing. As a driver for the FIA World Endurance Ford GT and IMSA Mustang GT4 programs, Johnson has broad expertise in what makes for a great driver’s car. He worked with Ford Performance to dial in the Shelby GT350 for 2019.
      Shelby GT350’s exclusive high-revving 5.2-liter V8 remains the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever and the only one of its type in the segment – delivering 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque at a blistering 8,250-rpm redline. It’s mated to a track-proven and precise-shifting Tremec® 6-speed manual transmission.
      Johnson said the result of the new Mustang Shelby GT350’s aerodynamics tuning, revised brake calibration, and much greater downforce is a more balanced, higher-performing car on the straightaways and especially in the corners.
      “Along with improved grip, brake and chassis refinements, Shelby GT350 brings a whole new level of performance driving,” he said. “It’s a rewarding car to drive on track for amateurs and pros alike, while making the driver feel like a superhero. It’s confidence inspiring in corners and begs to be pushed harder and to take corners faster.”
      More craftsmanship, technology and style
      Inside, driver and passengers of the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 are treated to a comfortable, stylish and purpose-built cockpit boasting the latest in advanced technology and premium materials expected of a world-class sports car.  
      Fresh sporting cues include a standard machined aluminum instrument panel appliqué with an available exposed carbon fiber version, plus newly designed door panel inserts in dark slate Miko® suede with accent stitching. A wrapped center console offers rich world-class craftsmanship. Standard Recaro race seats with firm side bolstering and open pass-throughs for safety harnesses offer the highest level of performance, while new power-adjustable seating is available with Miko suede inserts for those looking for added comfort.
      A new high-performance, custom-tuned 12-speaker B&O PLAY audio system by HARMAN is now available for the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350, controlled via the now standard 8-inch SYNC® 3 touch screen that features SiriusXM and FordPass™ Connect. Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control is now standard, along with a universal garage door opener.
      New colors for the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 include Velocity Blue and for the first time, Ford Performance Blue. Optional factory-painted over-the-top racing stripes are available in high-gloss Shadow Black, Oxford White or Kona Blue. Mirror-mounted Shelby Cobra Projection Lamps come standard in the available Technology Package.
      The 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 will be available starting in early 2019 and will be built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Enrollment in an exclusive, complimentary Track Attack driving program from Ford Performance is included with each vehicle.

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