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FORD EMPLOYEES CELEBRATE MUSTANG DAY AND 53,000 ORDERS

 DETROIT, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- His 1967 blue Mustang is one of President Bill Clinton's most prized possessions. James Bond -- better known as Agent 007 -- drove Mustangs in two of his films. When the car went on sale 30 years ago, car lovers lined up in droves outside dealerships across the country, waiting for their first glimpse of the pony car, and both Time and Newsweek featured the vehicle on their covers that same week.
 And now the pony car is prancing again -- with 53,000 dealer orders already received, according to Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F).
 In fact, Dec. 9 has been declared "Mustang Day" by Edward Hagenlocker, Ford executive vice president of North American Automotive Operations. The employee celebration comes on the heels of another award to the new car. On Wednesday, Dec. 8, Motor Trend magazine named Mustang its "Car of the Year."
 Coinciding with the public introduction of the 1994 Ford Mustang, the company is encouraging employees to dress in '60s clothing and will be offering employees test drives of the new car.
 Detroit radio station WCSX also will give away a new 1994 Mustang and a vintage 1965 Mustang on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. at the Tel-Twelve Mall in Southfield, Mich., as part of the Mustang Day festivities.
 Other activities taking place on Dec. 9 include a major celebration at Ford Division headquarters in the Renaissance Center. The employee cafeteria will be decorated for the event and Mustang posters and candy will be handed out. And, a plane will fly over Ford's Detroit and Dearborn offices with a special banner honoring the Mustang.
 Additionally, test drives will be offered to Ford employees in southeastern Michigan during the next several days.
 "Our employees have put in an unbelievable amount of hard work and dedication across the board," Hagenlocker said. "This celebration is our way of saying 'job well done.'"
 Since its introduction at the New York World's Fair on April 17, 1964, more than 6.1 million Mustangs have been sold.
 Today there are about 400 Ford Mustang clubs worldwide, with more than 35,000 members in 16 countries on five continents. The clubs hold vehicle exhibitions and club meetings to show their restoration and aftermarket achievements. Mustang club members also produce a variety of newsletters and magazines -- all dedicated to the great American pony car.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Moran, 313-446-7730, or Carolyn Brown, 313-446-7770, both of Ford/
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