5. 2015 Ford Mustang
Perhaps no vehicle represents the Detroit auto industry coming full circle more than the 2015 Ford Mustang. Celebrating 50 years since the pony car’s debut at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, the newest incarnation of the muscle icon reflects an old-school vision through a global lens. Ford’s approach to manufacturing has delivered the automaker the world’s best-selling vehicle in the Ford Focus.
Though Ford never received a bailout (it received a $5.9 billion loan), the automaker undoubtedly thrived on the competition of Detroit rivals and the ongoing presence of suppliers and factory workers in the region. It’s now a true global force in the industry.