For years, people have had a love affair with the Ford Mustang. This is a car that has seen a lot of transformation since its inception, and some of those transformations have been far more welcome than others. The Ford Mustang started out as a car that was designed for people that liked speed. In fact, it was one of the most popular cars during an era when all that seemed to matter was who had the best looking car that could go the fastest. While a lot of the cars that were popular at the time are no longer in production, the Ford Mustang has enjoyed a much longer life. As such, it has remained in production over the years, but it hasn't always been as popular as it was when it got it start, or as it is today.
The car remained popular until the early 1980s when several design changes made it seem like it wasn't even a Mustang anymore. The car went from looking like a fast muscle car to the infamous economy car that looked so plain it was hard to believe that it carried the same name plate as its predecessors. Of course, all of this was done in the name of trying to get better gas mileage in an economy where this seem to matter more than anything else. However, people that had initially loved the Mustang were not fans of this particular transformation and the entire Mustang product line almost died out because of it.
The car lived on like this for a number of years, but eventually Ford realized that they were going to have to do something drastically different or discontinue the line altogether. Fortunately, they made the decision to make some changes to the Mustang in order to see if they could regain its popularity. The end result was the 2005 Ford Mustang, the car that looks more like a throwback to the days of the muscle car as far as its design goes. In fact, this was one of the first cars to create a modern automobile that looked more like the car looked at the height of its popularity. Fortunately, it also had the performance to go with its looks. This created a resurgence in interest for the car, for understandable reasons.
Not only did the 2005 Ford Mustang look good, it also performed well. To go with the revamped body style, Ford incorporated one of two engines, a 4.0 liter V6 or 4.6 liter V8. Depending on the transmission that was married to the engine, the car could produce somewhere between 210 to 300 horsepower. This is fairly impressive, especially for the Mustang. It even managed to get decent gas mileage, getting about 19 miles per gallon for city driving and approximately 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The car also handled extremely well.
To take things up a notch, Ford decided to offer the car with two different body styles. People could buy the car in a two-door coupe or they could purchase a convertible. This was the first time that the body style had been revamped in a number of years and it was certainly the first time since the car's heyday that it even remotely resembled that popular body design that created the legendary Mustang name to begin with. The public responded favorably and the car became an almost instant success.
All in all, this is the Mustang that paved the way for the car’s future. Today, more than 10 years later, the Mustang is still an extremely popular option for Ford. In fact, the car still looks much like the 2005 edition, with a few updates here and there. Ford learned a painful lesson when they took one of their most popular cars and watered it down to the point that nobody seemed to want it. It looks like they've made the decision to stick with the car that was so popular from the very beginning, and the car that made a resurgence in the Mustang name a possibility. When people think about the Mustang that is for sale today, they might not know that they have the 2005 edition of the car to thank. However, that was the year that marked a great deal of change for the Mustang, not to mention the one that essentially cemented its survival.
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