NASHVILLE – As Ford Motor Co. enters launch mode for the ’05 Mustang, the auto maker is using last year’s F-150 pickup launch as a model for future success. “We’ve benchmarked internally, as a team, the F-Series launch,” Mustang Chief Engineer Hau Thai-Tang tells Ward’s at an event here to celebrate Mustang’s 40th anniversary. Ford credits ’05 Mustang buzz for a spike in today’s Mustang sales. He says the F-150’s on-time launch has resulted in better-than-expected sales and high ...

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