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2014-06-04 08:33

HEADED FOR SA: Ford's iconic muscle car will be availble in right-hand drive when it arrives in SA in 2015. Image: AFP

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Ford showed off its new Mustang  at Asia's biggest tech fair on June 3 2014, billing it as "the smartest Mustang to date" with voice controls and collision warning systems.

Due to go on sale in Asia-Pacific in 2015, the slick sports car can connect to drivers' mobile apps using a platform which will be introduced to Taiwan, New Zealand and Thailand in 2015, the automaker announced at the Computex conference in Taipei.

The new Mustang  will arrive in SA in 2015.

Ford introduced its AppLink technology which allows drivers to make their mobile apps respond to voice commands in China, Australia and India earlier in 2014.


The original Mustang was launched at an event on top of New York's Empire State Building in 1964 and quickly became a byword for "cool" among America's youth, who loved the highly customisable "pony car" that stood out next to their parents' bulky sedans.

The latest edition may put the reins on rebellious teens, with a feature which allows parents to limit top speed and audio volume.

Despite this sensible streak, Trevor Worthington, vice-president of product development in Asia Pacific, said the classic car continued to "resonate" with drivers: "This enhances every aspect of driving, whether you're listening to music, changing the radio station, optimising your car for track driving or adjusting it for different road conditions.

"The new model has an aviation-inspired facia and comes with a choice of two engines.


The Mustang adjusts speed automatically to keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead and can brakes if it anticipates a collision. Drivers can set modes to normal, snow-wet, sport or track.

Ford displayed the new Mustang at the Beijing auto show in April in a bid to break into China's sports-car market.  Ford will also demonstrate new vehicle-to-vehicle technology at Computex, which it says will allow cars to share information and potentially prevent accidents.

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