I think our society quite often tends to be stuck in the past and generally unwilling to move on from what it knows and is comfortable with. Anything outside of that is just wrong and unacceptable to people.
Well, I think a lot of "brand managers" would disagree with you. Going back to the 60's, Ford/Mustang - Dodge/Challenger - and Chevrolet Camaro - Pontiac Firebird "brand managers" have fought for the biggest share of "the best looking - best technology pony car market." Along the way Dodge and Chevrolet/Pontiac "dropped out" of the "pony car" market and the Mustang took a real drop in market numbers - even though it was the only survivor. The return of the Camaro and Challenger have certainly cut into the Mustang sales numbers. While Dodge and Chevrolet seem to have "gone all in" with new car technology - interior design - performance technology - Ford seems to have relegated the Mustang to "just another Ford" status.
I hope they do well in sales - especially Europe. But I'm not sure that the new Mustang will be very successful in the US "pony car" market. We will understand the performance - technical and economic - in the next few months and years.
2013 Mustang GT Premium Convertible
Candy Apple Red, Auto, FRPP Tune, GT500 Axlebacks, KONI Yellow Sport (adjustable dampers), FRPP Front and Rear swaybars, Custom Removable 4 Point Roll-Bar, BOSS 302 Low Expansion Brake Lines, Roush side splitters, GT500 spoiler, Redline Tuning hood struts,18" Ford Chromed Aluminum Wheels (9R3Z-1K007-A), Michelin Pilot Super Sports - 235X50X18
2011 Mustang V6 Premium Convertible - Gone