See the photo above? That's the actual cockpit of the 2013 Mustang GT that Ford Group Philippines lent us this week. Not sure if you can spot it clearly, but the speedometer in the instrument cluster shows mph (miles per hour) readings, with smaller kph (kilometers per hour) readings serving as a mere supplement. This means this is a US-market unit.
"The Philippine-market units will arrive soon, just in time for the actual sales," Prudz Castillo, FGP's assistant vice president for marketing (passenger cars), told us.
To assemble the Philippine-bound Mustangs--with kph speedometers, underchassis reinforcement, and fittings and seals designed to withstand harsh conditions in our hot, humid and pothole-riddled country--Ford's manufacturing facility for the Mustang in Flat Rock, Michigan, had to stop its assembly line for a week in order to squeeze in FGP's orders.
And just how many Philippine-market Mustangs did FGP ask its parent company to put together?
"We can't divulge that," said Castillo.
He did say, however, how much it cost Ford to sort of retool the Mustang assembly line to produce our market-specific units. "It cost them $100,000," he revealed.
So Ford produced our Mustangs in one go. But what happens after FGP sells out its Mustang inventory?
"We'll place an order again and they'll accommodate our request again," Castillo replied.
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Photo by Paulo Subido