Mach 1 Builds
on Mustang Heritage
By: John Fossen
The first Mustang Mach 1 rolls off the line
Mich., Nov. 11, 2002 (FCN) -- The Mach 1 is back!
Employees at the Dearborn Assembly Plant last Friday
celebrated production of the latest version of America's
famous pony car.
will build 5,500 of the new 2003 model, which includes
Magnum 500 chrome wheels, comfort-weave leather seats and
the signature shaker hood scoop that hints at the
305-horsepower V-8 that lies beneath.
time we've built a special vehicle, like the Mach or the
Cobra, it adds extra excitement to the people in the plant
and they do their jobs with a little more enthusiasm,"
said Gary Walkowicz, UAW plant chairman, Dearborn Assembly
Plant. "We're very proud to have a chance to build the
Paul Russell, Mustang marketing manager; Will Cowell;
Barbara Williams; Gary Walkowicz; and John Tatge,
Mustang assistant chief engineer, pose next to the
first 2003 Mustang Mach 1 at Dearborn Assembly.
the membership puts great pride in their work and it will
show with the Mach 1" added Barbara Williams, vice
president, UAW Local 600.
enhance the low-to-the-ground appearance, the car features
another classic Mach 1 trait, an air dam extension,
painted low-gloss black. A low-gloss black stripe runs the
length of the side just above the rocker moldings.
of passion of Mustang enthusiasts across the country, the
new Mach 1 is lowered one-half of an inch and is equipped
with a firmer suspension for improved handling. It also
comes standard with anti-lock brakes, traction control and
a Mach 460 six-disc in-dash CD changer audio system.
Mustang Mach 1
experience it is to drive!" said Will Cowell, manager,
Lean Manufacturing, Dearborn Assembly Plant. "Anybody who
has been in that car has felt, saw and heard everything
that it has to offer. It's a beautiful car."
Mustang is the best-selling convertible in the U.S. and
has led its segment in overall sales for more than 15
years. Ford and the UAW build approximately 160,000
Mustangs each year at Dearborn Assembly.