AMERICA’S FAVORITE MUSCLE CAR HITS 9 MILLION MARK; SPECIAL MUSTANG MAKES ITS HOME IN IOWA
STORY CITY, Iowa, May 6, 2008 – Iowa farmer Thomas Krumm went to his local Ford dealer to order a Mustang GT convertible and unwittingly ordered a piece of history – his Mustang is the 9 millionth built by Ford Motor Company.
He discovers that today when he picks up his milestone Mustang at Gookin Ford in Story City, Iowa.
Krumm, a farmer from rural Story City, became interested in Mustangs through his daughter, Rachael, a Mustang enthusiast who saved enough money to buy her first Mustang at age 17.
"Having been a Mustang fanatic my entire life, I couldn't be more excited that my dad is receiving the 9 millionth Mustang," said Rachael Krumm, who also is a member of the Iowa National Guard. "I am thrilled that I get to see his Mustang GT and its cool new features before I leave for Iraq."
Mustang is Ford Motor Company's longest-running nameplate. It was introduced on April 17, 1964 at the New York World's Fair.
"Mustang is an icon, and the 9 millionth Mustang is a milestone we're very proud of," said Fritz Wilke, Mustang Brand Manager.
"So many people have contributed to Mustang's proud 44-year heritage possible – from incredible Mustangs owners and enthusiasts to our partners at AAI where Mustangs are built to Ford's Product Development and Ford Division teams," he said.
About the Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is one of the most widely recognized vehicles in the world. Today, one of every two sports cars sold in America is a Mustang.
Mustang sales hit an astounding 419,000 in its first 12 months on the market, and topped the 1 million mark in its first two years, shattering the sales records of any single model in the history of the automobile.
Today, Mustang leads the nearly $1 billion aftermarket parts and accessories industry as the most personalized vehicle of all time, and has been recognized by SEMA as the most accessory-friendly new vehicle.
Coming this summer are two special Mustangs – one with a glass roof option and another with an upgraded "Warriors in Pink" package, whose sales help support breast cancer research.
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Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 244,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo, Mazda, and until completion of their sale, Jaguar Land Rover. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit: www.ford.com