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The Ford Mustang is an automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor
Company. It was initially based on the platform of the second
generation North American Ford Falcon, a compact car. Introduced early
on April 17, 1964, and thus dubbed as a "1964½" model by
Mustang fans, the 1965 Mustang was the automaker's most successful
launch since the Model A. The Mustang has undergone several
transformations to its current fifth generation.
The Mustang created the "pony car" class of American automobiles—sports car-like coupes with long hoods and short rear decks - and gave rise to competitors such as the Chevrolet Camaro, and Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, as well as Chrysler's revamped Plymouth Barracuda and the first generation Dodge Challenger. The Mustang is also credited for inspiring the designs of coupés such as the Toyota Celica and Ford Capri, which were imported to the United States.