New Glass Roof for 2009 Mustang

By: Anthony Fontanelle


Ever since it was launched in the auto market, the Ford Mustang has been the favorite of performance enthusiasts. This pony car has attracted a lot of customers to Ford dealerships because of its performance and good looks. For the 2009 model year, the Mustang will come with a new glass roof that will definitely have customers lining up to be one of the first to own the 2009 Mustang.

The Auto Channel reported that Webasto Roof Systems Inc. has developed and will install a fixed glass roof on select versions of the 2009 Ford Mustang. The said vehicle will be unveiled at the upcoming North American International Auto Show. The 2009 Mustang will mark the 45th year of the pony car in the market.

According to the report, the new roof will be available to Mustang GT and the V6 Mustang. Sale of these vehicles will start this summer. One of the advantages of the new glass roof is that it is less expensive than buying a convertible while providing natural lighting that is offered by convertibles with the top up.

Andreas Weller, the Vice President for Business Development with Webasto, said: "We believe this project truly speaks well to Webasto's ability to deliver complex engineering capabilities in a very short time frame while still meeting our customers' strong engineering demands for their product's safety, durability, and styling. It was a remarkable achievement that, along with Ford, we brought this program from concept to 'parts on the road' in just 70 weeks - about half the time normally taken on an automotive project of this complexity."

"Such success started with our close working relationship with Ford Motor Company but it also reflects Webasto's competence and level of expertise and know-how in designing, engineering and proving out large, high-quality and innovative roof systems," Weller added.

Weller also pointed out that this will be the first time that they will be offering the feature as the first of its kind in the United States. "While we produce and deliver several fixed transparent module roofs (FTM's) in Europe and Asia, this is the first fixed module in the United States market."

"What really brought this project together between Ford and Webasto was our ability to fully integrate the glass roof with the Mustang's structure - to provide a design that did not cause any compromise to any structural rigidity of the vehicle, while still offering a very unique option for the end consumer," he mentioned.

The move to offer the advanced roofing system according to Weller is the current trend in the global market where more emphasis is given to cutting edge designs. "We know first hand from our global reach and experience that traditional roof systems are being replaced in many markets by more innovative options. Consumers are demanding new features on their vehicles every year - and the roof area was about the only remaining place left on vehicles to incorporate truly innovative and attractive design cues. Webasto has used its decades of expertise to pioneer roof systems that are functional, attractive and versatile," Weller concluded.

The roofing system is sure to complement the Ford Mustang which is made as durable as .

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