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Ford Mustang SUV? Here are five other weird auto spin-offs



LOS ANGELES – The horse is out of the barn.

Ford has taken the bold step of labeling its new battery-powered SUV as the Mustang, the first time in 55 years that anything other than a sporty car has been blessed with the designation "pony".

But don't think the move is unique. The automotive industry is filled with attempts to get in on famous names – or popular models – over the years. Some of these spin-offs have been winners. Others came off as clumsy, inauthentic or misguided.

Led by the electric Mustang Mach-E SUV, expect to see some more spin-offs and customizations take place as the media preview days of the Los Angeles Auto Show take place early this week. The public part of the show starts Friday and runs through December 1st.

The timing of new iterations for cars couldn't be better.

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"Car sales are declining, and as a result, car manufacturers are finding creative ways to carve niches for themselves to stand out," says Jessica Caldwell, automotive industry analyst for the car buying website Edmunds.com .

Collapsing a spin-off of an existing vehicle is generally cheaper than making a brand new car. In addition, a variant of a known name makes it easier to sell the vehicle, since marketers do not need to teach the audience a new, unknown moniker and hope it sticks at the time of purchase.


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