The carmaker is betting the retro-styled Mustang, the fifth generation of the iconic vehicle, will age well, but not all industry observers agree.
"There are some things that can keep that vehicle alive into 2005 and maybe even into 2006, but after that, the vehicle has such strong retro-styling cues, that type of design usually suffers from a very compressed product lifecycle," said auto analyst Erich Merkle of IRN in Grand Rapids.
Dealers have taken nearly 25,000 orders for the car, which goes on sale next month, Ford said.
The Mustang will be built at the Flat Rock, Mich., facility that Ford co-owns with Mazda.
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