Nine years after receiving the assignment, Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant has churned out its millionth Mustang.
Every so often we get a press release announcing either a production milestone or an anniversary. But this latest from Ford does both: marking the millionth Mustang built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan and kicking off the pony car's 50th anniversary year. Granted, Ford has produced more than a million Mustangs, and the model isn't quite 50 years old yet. It has actually made some 8.5 million over the course of 49 years. But this is the millionth Mustang made since production moved to Flat Rock nine years ago.
As it has arrived 49 years to the day from when Ford introduced the first Mustang in New York, it kicks off the start of a year-long semicentennial celebration. The milestone car in question is a six-cylinder Mustang convertible, painted in Ruby Red and driven off the line by Ford's VP for product development Raj Nair, with the plant's logistics manager Ed Salna riding shotgun. In addition to the Mustang, the plant has also made the Mazda 626, Mazda6, Mercury Cougar and Ford Probe and is now gearing up to make the new Fusion.