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For the first time ever, a right-hand-drive Ford Mustang has rolled off a Ford assembly line as global production begins. The addition of a right-hand-drive Mustang to Ford’s line up of global vehicles will allow the iconic sportscar to be exported to more than 25 right-hand-drive markets around the world, including Ireland, the UK, Australia and South Africa.

Mustang engineers recently finished construction of the very first right-hand-drive sixth-generation Mustang. The prototype Mustang will be used to conduct various development tests in preparation for the car’s entry into the global market in the coming months.

Eddie Murphy, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland said: “Excitement is building around the arrival of Mustang in Ireland next year so it is great to see the first ever right-hand-drive model come off the production line. Our dealers have already received a sizeable number of queries from potential customers and one Mustang fan has already placed an order for the first model that arrives into the country!”

While the United States is the largest market for Mustang with more than 9.2 million sales since the car’s debut in 1964, more than 161,000 Mustangs have been sold outside of North America in that time. In 2012 alone, more than 4,000 Mustangs were sold in 35 countries outside of North America, ranging from the United Arab Emirates to Chile to the Philippines.

50 years of Mustang
Ford Mustang is the newest member of a very exclusive club – vehicles in continuous production for 50 years. The car has a worldwide base of fans, including more than 7.6 million on Facebook – the most of any vehicle nameplate. From the beginning, Mustang’s unique combination of style, performance and affordability established an entirely new class of sporty cars, and it has led the segment ever since.

The all-new Ford Mustang is scheduled to arrive in Ireland by late summer 2015.