A roundup of what dealers, journalists and others are saying about the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang:
"The Mustang isn't anywhere near Ford's best-seller -- Ford sells more pickups in a week than it does Mustangs in a month. But Ford says the Mustang has the highest name recognition and highest favorable opinion of any car in its lineup. And car companies count on beautiful sports cars to cast a glow over the rest of their offerings. As for sales, Ford will be happy if Mustang can become the top selling pony car in the U.S. The Chevrolet Camaro, which followed the Mustang to market in 1966 and was last redesigned in 2009, has outsold the Mustang for the last three years and is on track to do it again this year. The Mustang's first full redesign since 2005 presented Ford with a tough task: Update and freshen an icon without alienating its passionate fans. More than 9 million Mustangs have been sold since 1964, and the car has hundreds of fan clubs, including one solely for owners of yellow Mustangs. The result is a new car with plenty of cues from the old. The long hood and sloping fastback are still there, as is the trapezoid-shaped grille with the Mustang logo from the original. But the new car sits lower and wider, and the roof tapers dramatically in the front and back. The signature rounded headlights are smaller and sit back under a fierce, chiseled brow, while the traditional three-bar taillights are now three-dimensional and tucked beneath the rear deck lid."
-- Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press
"Ford is well aware of how much is riding on the success of the new Mustang. What you see here is the culmination of years of research and development based on a symphony of factors affecting the new car. Perhaps the most pivotal of these factors is Ford's plan to take the new Mustang into global markets. That plan touches nearly every aspect of the new pony car, from the exterior styling and interior refinement to the powertrain and suspension. While the merits of the aesthetic changes are open for debate, there's no argument that nearly every change made to the mechanicals of the new car stand to make this a significantly more engaging vehicle to drive than its predecessor. Outside, the new Mustang has clearly been developed to fall closer in line with the rest of its Ford brethren while still retaining the 'vibe' that makes a Mustang a Mustang. Whether or not Ford has accomplished that is a largely subjective exercise. You either love the new look or you don't, and while it's no surprise that some people are slow to adapt to change, the initial reaction to the redesign may have been a little more divisive than what Ford's designers had hoped for."
-- Bradley Iger, windingroad.com