Ford’s iconic Mustang is poised to play a crucial role in Ford’s future by expanding beyond its traditional role as a single performance figurehead into a complete range of global models. And the company’s Australian arm looks like the source for all the necessary hardware. In a secret product planning meeting last fall, key Ford executives discussed a bold strategy to take the legendary Mustang mainstream. Ideas include both sedan and wagon variants of America’s original muscle car, with those cars joining the traditional coupe when the sixth-generation Mustang arrives in U.S. showrooms in 2011, AutoWeek sources say.
What the fuck are you thinking? Are you fucking stoned?
A four door? A wagon? Do you not remember the total bastardization of the Cougar? You should. You fucking did it
twice. repeatedly As much as I like Superstar’s later, mostly redeemed version, the car never recovered from the Deliverance treatment visited upon it by lobotomized product planners and marketers without a fucking clue. Assholes. Don’t do this. Build good cars instead of slapping a good name on whatever you can pump out at the Wixom plant. (That is a joke – they’re closing Wixom)
We’ve been down this road before, no? The previous better idea:
1. Start with a good idea.
The original Cougar kicked ass.
2. Pimpify it.
3. Whore it out
This is the complete
bastardization proliferation of the brand. Four door pillared hard top, wagon (above), generic 2 door and the XR-7 (#2). Underneath, it is an LTD II (also Ranchero/ Thunderbird and Mark V). they’re all Torinos underneath, anyway.
4. Whore it out worse
Now that it’s the 80s, everything is a Fairmont. Cougar is 2-dr, 4-dr and Fairmont wagon. Plus an Xr-7. (Mustang? Thunderbir? Granada? All Fairmonts. LTD II is dead. LTD will soon be a Fairmont, as will Mark VII .) Pimp it out for a few more years, as it slowly circles the drain.
5. Resurrect it.
The 1983-86 Cougar was the best iteration of the car since the original.
5a. Shit all over the renewed goodness with some goo old bloated baroque nonsense.
6. Too much weight is never enough, evidently.
The 1989-97 generic tumor roofed “Cougar,” presented without further comment.
7. Kill it.
8. Let J.J. Abrams reboot it.
esurrect it, without the scourge of “broadened appeal” or “leveraging brand equity.”
7. Then kill it again, for good.
There’s nothing left to exploit.
Yeah, this could totally not be the same complete disaster for the Mustang as it mostly was for the Cougar. But only if they call the sedans something inspired, like “Probe II.”