Ford Moves to the Mustang in 2019

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The company said after its 2017 acquisition of California Mustang and the success that followed, it only made sense as the next step to merge the two operations into one, and bring the Ford Mustang line officially into the Classic Industries family of automotive product lines.

Ford Performance Parts for the Mustang and the Mustang Performance Pack continue to be available via Ford Australia's official dealer network, in the same way that Mountune kits are offered for the previous Fiesta and Focus ST. It captures 95% of global new vehicle volumes in more than 80 countries, it shows that the Mustang is ahead of all other sports coupe competitors worldwide.

In total, Ford has sold more than 400,000 Mustangs since exports of the current generation began in 2015. The hot hatch will supplement the Ford Performance lineup, alongside the 2018 Mustang and Ranger Raptor. To be exact, the Mustang led the sales race of all sporty 2-door cars in the world for 2017, marking the third-straight year in which Ford has held this title. Switching to Mustangs not only entails the build of two $350,000-plus cars, but stocks of engines, body panels and other ancillaries would also need to be sourced.

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Now that the Mustang is about to turn the big Five-Four, it is also celebrating its third consecutive year as the best-selling sports vehicle in the world, according to IHS Markit.

Dick Johnson, co-owner of DJR Team Penske, also welcomed Ford's return.

It has taken Team Penske to four owner's championships in the last five years and carried Ricky Stenhouse Jr.to consecutive driver's championships in 2011 and 2012. It will be just the fourth Ford model in NASCAR's modern era following on from the Thunderbird, Taurus, and Fusion.

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The first series points race for Mustang will be the Daytona 500 on February 17, 2019. "I can't wait", Ford board member Edsel B. Ford II said in a statement.

Initial testing of the Mustang stock auto is still underway and it will be formally submitted to NASCAR for approval this summer.

He says DJR Team Penske and Tickford are part of a "partnership", not a works program, as part of the multi-million dollar launch of Ford Performance. The public unveiling of the race vehicle will "follow soon, " Ford says.

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