The Ford Mustang has just turned 56 years old. While it may already be nearing its senior years, it has proven once again that it is one of the most coveted sports cars in the world. Just recently, the Mustang was awarded not one, but two global sales crowns.
Based on the most recent new vehicle registration data from IHS Markit, Ford has sold 102,090 units of the Mustang globally in 2019, making it the best-selling sports car in the world. In addition, the Mustang was also awarded the coveted best-selling sports coupe in the world for a fifth consecutive time. Since the sixth-generation rolled out in 2015 up until 2019, Ford has sold 633,000 Mustangs across 146 countries around the world.
What helped the Mustang achieve its goal as the best-selling sports car? Well, aside from the U.S. taking a big chunk at 72,489 units sold in 2019, Ford also has Europe to be thankful for. Last year, Ford sold 9,900 units of the Mustang in Europe, a 3% increase year-on-year. During this period, Mustang sales in Germany grew 33% while sales in Poland rose by nearly 50%. Lastly, sales of the Mustang in France nearly doubled last year.
Besides that, Ford also credited its wide array of variants and models, including its enthusiast versions they dubbed as the 'greatest ever'. Some of these models include the Bullitt Mustang, the Shelby GT350R, and the Shelby GT500.
Locally, the pony car is available either as a fastback or a convertible. The Ford Mustang comes with two engine options, a 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 that churns out 466 PS with 570 Nm of torque, and a 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four with 314 PS and 475 Nm of torque. Both engines can be saddled with either a ten-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox, depending on the variant.
“We’re proud of our growing Mustang stable and performance variants,” said Jim Farley, chief operating officer, Ford Motor Company. “From Sweden to Shanghai, more and more driving enthusiasts are enjoying the feeling of freedom and the American open road in these new Mustangs. We are honored to serve our owners, enthusiasts, and fans for 56 years and counting.”
Up until March 2020, Ford has been able to sell 18,069 units of the Mustang. Impressive numbers but with the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting global markets, we won't be surprised if Ford's projected sales figure of the Mustang for 2020 will be affected.