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New Mustang aims to please everyone
New Mustang aims to please everyone

On the surface, all the familiar hallmarks are there — the fastback roof, long hood, short rear deck, tri-bar taillights, the shark-nosed grill. The automotive press Wednesday got its first glimpse into the soul of the 2015 Mustang, on a winding drive through the burning heat of the Santa Monica Mountains. Ford faced a delicate balancing act in crafting the sixth-generation Mustang for the car's 50th anniversary, blending half a century of history with demands for modern powertrains, technology, safety and styling. The car tries to please everyone, and largely succeeds. Purists will relish the 435-horsepower V-8 Mustang GT, a surprisingly nimble muscle car. Newcomers,...