DETROIT -- The new versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger cars are not even here, and already the Ford Mustang is feeling the pressure.
Ford Motor Co. is working hard to keep the buzz going on its aging pony car. For 2009, the first time in Mustangs 45-year run, the car will come from the factory with an oversized glass roof.
The $1,995 option is scheduled to be available when Ford produces the 2009 models next summer. The roof does not open, unlike a traditional glass sunroof. It can be concealed with a retractable blind.
Ford says the specially formulated glass will block harmful solar rays that could damage upholstery.
Since it debuted three years ago, the latest version of the Mustang has been virtually alone in the muscle car market. But next spring, the new Challenger arrives, and in the fall the Mustang will face tough competition when the Camaro returns.