âStangersâdiehard fans of the Ford Mustangâwill have already seen it due to leaks of the official photographs half a day ago. Lucire ran the leaked photos on our Facebook page. But now, we can officially talk about the unveiling, in six cities around the worldâNew York, Dearborn, Michigan, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney and Barcelonaâof the 2015 Mustang, codenamed S550, which commemorates the model line’s 50th anniversary.
Executive chairman Bill Ford was present at the Barcelona event, in front of an audience of 2,500 journalists, dealers and Ford employees.
While the Mustang has officially been on sale in Europe and other markets before since the original model was released in New York on April 17, 1964, the 2015 model is the first which will be sold as a “world car”, as part of Ford’s core range.
Ford notes that the Mustang is its most iconic range, and that it is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook. Nine million have been built since the original’s launch.
Stephen Odell, executive vice-president for Ford in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in a release, ‘The Mustangâs formidable reputation for performance and its iconic status as a symbol of freedom and optimism precedes it even in those parts of the world where the car has never been sold. The new Mustang epitomizes Fordâs aggressive product acceleration; technologically advanced and forward-looking, but without forgetting the heritage that has inspired Ford customers for generations.’
The new model certainly lives up to the promise. It has the classic Mustang proportions and blends them with Ford’s present design language.
The design language has been seen on other global products such as the facelifted B299 Ford Fiesta and the CD391 Ford Fusion, which will be sold in Europe and other markets as the Ford Mondeo. It is an evolution of some of Ford’s earlier design principles.
The grille opening apes that of the Fiesta and Fusion, but appears in a more exaggerated form, with the Mustang horse placed in the centre, as with the original, the Mustang II, and the models dating from the 1994.
There are also shades of the ItalDesign Ford Mustang concept of 2006, which brought some Italianate touches, such as a tapering cabin.
The rear lights also reflect the classic Mustang ideas, with the tri-bar design that also harks back to the original.
Ford has also injected the rear-wheel-drive Mustang with the latest technologies, equipping the pony car for the 2010s and beyond.
Technologies include Ford’s Sync with voice control and eight-inch touchscreen (in Europe), and drivers can adjust between driving modes.
The convertible has an insulated cloth top, which has a sleek profile when folded, according to Ford.
Moray Callum, Ford’s executive director of design for the Americas, said, ‘You only get one chance to make a first impression and when you see this car, you immediately see a Mustang strong and true.’
Inside, the Mustang has an aviation-inspired cockpit, designed for the driver, and there is more space, thanks to a wider cabin and an all-new rear suspension. The cockpit again blends modern and classic: the two large dials hark back to the original, but the look is more geometric and structured.
The boot can now accommodate two golf bags, thanks to the new platform.
The suspension brings Mustang bang up to date. The front has double ball-joint Macpherson struts, while the rear gets rid of its agricultural live rear axle in front of an integral-link independent suspension. The Mustang promises to be a far better drive than the models of old, suiting worldwide markets. Ford’s stability control includes torque vectoring.
Engines are the classic five-litre V8 (with 426 PS and 529 Nm of torque) and a new EcoBoost 2Â·3-litre four delivering 309 PS and 407 Nm. The automatic model has steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.âJack Yan, Publisher
Above As shown on Facebook yesterday, a banner ad campaign has launched promoting the print and tablet editions of Lucire, even though issue 31 has been published for some weeks.
If you havenât checked it out already, you should do so: Lucire issue 31 is out. Since the print editions are collectible, limited editions, they donât really dateâwe still keep going back to earlier ones at the office as referencesâand have in-depth insights into the fashion world. Intelligently written, with an independent voice, and put together by a small global team, Lucire continues to pioneer as we hit the mid-2010s. That’s why you can also order it as a tablet edition. The latest issue features Summer Rayne Oakes on making an impact in the modelling world; a review of autumnâwinter looks by Tiffany Fernando, with visuals by Doug Rimington; an interview with Stephen Jones, OBE, one of the great names in millinery, by Jack Yan; Elina Lukasâs Copenhagen Fashion Week diary; Elyse Glickmanâs interview with Daisy Fuentes; and David Machowskiâs exploration of maple syruping in New England. Thereâs plenty more, including shoots by Angelika Buettner, Dorit Thies, Brett Stanley and Doug Rimington, including two styled by Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng.
The URL is now much easier to remember: lucire.com/print. You can order it for tablets or as a very exclusive print edition through this link, or at the link at the top of the page if you’re surfing on our full web edition.
Also easy to remember is our video player, regularly updated with entertainment, fashion, beauty and lifestyle news and tips. You can find that at lucire.tv: weâre finally putting that URL to the use we envisaged for it.
As we begin December, Lucire is getting our bases covered. Please let us know via Facebook or our feedback form if you have any thoughts or story ideas. Itâs the tip of the iceberg, as we have plenty more to announce in the New Year.
Looks like Lucire was on the pulse of the Zeitgeist again by talking about Taylor Swift in our latest print issue. The singer took home four awards at the 2013 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday: she was named Artist of the Year, Favourite Female Country Artist and Favourite PopâRock Artist, and won Country Album of the Year for Red.
Swift, 23, wore a strapless gold Julien Macdonald mini-dress from his autumnâwinter 2013â14 collection and Jimmy Choo sandals, with jewellery by Lorraine Schwartz, while Miley Cyrus, who recently turned 21, played it safe after her controversial MTV VMAs’ performance with a white Versace tuxedo and Yves Saint Laurent shoes. She was accompanied by her father, Billy Ray Cyrus.
Receiving her Artist of the Year award, Swift said, ‘My lucky number is 13, and so far you guys have made 2013 the most magical year of my life so far.’
Best dressed, we thought, was Katy Perry, looking red-carpet perfect in Oscar de la Renta with an Olympia Le-Tan clutch.
Our video shows Swift, Cyrus, Perry, Lady Gaga (making an entrance on a fake stallion), Heidi Klum, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
Justin Timberlake took home three awards, One Direction won the Favourite Band, Duo or GroupâPopâRock and Favourite AlbumâPopâRock for Take Me Home. Rihanna won the inaugural Icon Award, which she received from her mother.
The New Zealand Winemaker of the Year was announced earlier this week as being Hawkeâs Bay winemaker, Chris Scott. Scott took out the esteemed prize given by Winestate magazine. He boasts a passion for chardonnay and red-blend winemaking, and with the support of a distinguished team behind him, he has been crafting award-winning Church Road wines for 13 years.
Mr Scott gives credit to the whole team stating: âOur vineyard team have an outstanding knowledge of the region and the individual vineyards, and deliver outstanding fruit year after year. Our cellar team has a dedication to wine quality that far exceeds what anyone could hope for. I know everyone at Church Road is extremely proud of the wines we make and this win reflects the passion and commitment of the entire team.â
Michael Cooper, the Winestate editor for New Zealand says, âChurch Road Winery has for decades produced some of Hawkeâs Bayâs, and New Zealandâs, greatest value wines. It also shines at the top end of the market, crafting some exceptional chardonnays, pinots gris, sauvignon blancs, syrahs and cabernetâmerlot blends.â
The Winestate New Zealand Winemaker of the Year award is awarded to the winemaker who receives the top score from their best 10 different wines, which are judged throughout the year.âAnna Deans