The last new Mustang is about to be revealed – just in time to herald its death.
Ford has been developing the sixth generation Mustang for the past several years – which is how long it takes to go from concept car to production car. We can be grateful it takes that long because if didn’t, it is likely there would not be a sixth generation Mustang. If the political considerations of today were determinative, Ford would never have committed the resources needed to develop a new non-electric car they knew ahead of time they could only sell for a few years after developing it.
Which, as Ford and everyone else now knows we soon won’t be able to buy – California having just decided for the rest of the country that the only cars the car companies will be allowed to sell by 2035 must be electric cars.
Which is actually even fewer years from now, as this column pointed out the other day. The ban on the sale of any new cars that aren’t electric cars that goes into effect in 2035 is having an effect right now.
A chastening effect.
The car companies are shying away from developing new cars they won’t be allowed to sell for much longer and which they know probably won’t sell very well the closer we get to the date after which they will be illegal to sell. It will be a fire sale (though not on cars that are actually prone to erupting in flames, as EeeeeVeeees are) on the remaining inventory of non-electric cars that buyers will likely begin to shy away from buying years before we get to 2035, out of not unreasonable concern that the next thing California – and possibly the rest of the country – will do is forbid the use of any cars that are not electric cars.
Meanwhile, regardless, expect stagnation to set in. No further development of cars that are not electric cars – because why bother with it? It would be like spending time and money on remodeling a house you knew you could not sell just a few years from now – and might not even be allowed to continue living in.
So, the 2024 Mustang will be the last new Mustang. Ford will continue to build and try to sell it for as long as allowed and then there will be no more – though Ford may attempt to bowdlerize the name by using it in reference to an electric something-or-other that will never be a Mustang for the same reason that the also-pending 2024 Dodge Charger will never be a a muscle car, no matter how quickly its electric drivetrain gets it to 60.
An electric car can be many things. But to call something that does not have an engine a Mustang is like calling something that hasn’t got a dick a “man.” It is a worse affront to call something that has no balls a muscle car.
Balls being something more than mere power.
A V8 that rumbles threateningly – and authentically has balls. It takes balls to drive a very powerful V8-powered car hammer down, throttle not lifted. It takes no balls at all to push a powerful electric car’s Launch Control button and let the electronics hook it up. No more balls, at any rate, than it takes to ride the Cyclone at an amusement park.
We have lost our balls – for the sake of electric cars that few of us seem to want, especially those of us who like Mustangs and muscle cars. Is there anyone who likes these cars wanting them to be replaced by electric cars? It is a question begged but never asked – because the answer would reveal an alarming disconnect between what the buyers want and the politicians do not want them to have anymore.
This is the Sovietization of the American car industry, which now takes its orders from the government and tells its customers, in effect, take it or leave it. Remember when there were “alternative fuel” vehicles? Now these “alternative fuel” vehicles are become the only alternative.
The good news, if any, is that there will be a longer grace period to buy a new Mustang before there are no longer Mustangs (although there may be electric things with a “Mustang” badge affixed to their plastic flanks). The 2024 will be around for at least another several years, as contrasted with the rueful fact that 2024 will be the final year anyone will be able to “celebrate” the purchase of a new Charger or Challenger that’s still a muscle car. GM is also apparently going to smite the Chevy Camaro in two years from now.
That will leave the Mustang as the last one left and the one that will turn out the lights on what was a Helluva ride – until the ride went silent, on the day the music died.
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