Here’s What Went Into the 2015 Ford Mustang’s Interior Design

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Right now, there’s a good chance you’re reading this on a tablet computer, which has a touchscreen that grants you access to every corner of cyberspace. In a few minutes, you might take a call on your Bluetooth headset. Modern electronics and software certainly are amazing, but they have their limits. Sometimes they just can’t produce an image or a rendering that takes the place of something you can actually put your hands on.

That’s why automotive designers, such as the ones at Ford responsible for the looks of the 2015 Mustang, still use 1:1-scale clay models. Unfortunately, when they need to adjust something to make it just right, such as the aircraft-inspired interior’s brow line above the main gauge cluster or the stitching in the leather trim sections, they can’t just click a mouse. They have to fix things by hand. On the plus side, they get a tactile experience of the cockpit, just as customers will when they sit in a car at a Blue Oval dealership.

Click the play button below to see all of the thoughtful touches Ford’s stylists and craftspeople incorporated into the company’s 51-year-old icon.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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