DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. officially launched production of the redesigned Ford Mustang coupe today at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.
With the 2015 model, Ford is making the Mustang to suit global tastes for the first time. That will include a first-ever right-hand-drive version.
Ford is adding 25 right-hand-drive markets and 56 left-hand-drive markets for a total of nearly 120 countries where the pony car will be sold.
All Mustangs will be built in Flat Rock. The plant also produces the Fusion midsize sedan.
Ford said production of the 2015 Mustang convertible will begin in several months.
At full line speed, Flat Rock employs about 3,000 workers on two shifts with annual capacity of about 220,000.
Over the last year, the factory has been upgraded as part of a $555 million investment. Ford has added a flexible body shop to allow multiple models to be produced on the same line, and installed three-wet paint process, dirt detection and laser brazing.
UAW officials are eager to see a third production shift added at the plant but Joe Hinrichs, head of Ford's Americas unit, said today the automaker won't know until the second half of 2015 whether international demand will support additional Mustang output.