The Ford Mustang is tallying its second year of being the world’s best-selling sports car. The Blue Oval delivered more than 150,000 units of the pony car worldwide in 2016, including over 45,000 of them outside the U.S.
The ‘Stangs success is even more impressive when considering that 2016 is only the second year of Ford officially exporting the car to 140 markets worldwide. The company is adding six more soon, including Brazil, the Palau Islands, and the Ivory Coast.
Since the decision to make the Mustang part of its global lineup for the 2015 model year, Ford has shipped over 98,000 units of the venerable pony car outside the U.S. The Blue Oval expects to export 30 percent of the vehicle’s production in 2017, too.
China and Germany are especially fond of the Mustang. It was the best-selling sports car in both countries in 2015. Deliveries of the pony car in China jumped a further 74 percent in 2016, too.
With over 50 years on the road, Ford figures that the Mustang is America’s bestselling sports car in that time. Where fellow performance models like the Chevrolet Camaro took time off the market or completely disappeared, the ‘Stang remained on sale. A gargantuan aftermarket and equally massive network of enthusiasts also make keeping an old Mustang relatively easy.
Ford is giving the Mustang a major refresh for the 2018 model year that should keep its global success going. Revised styling makes the pony car look even more aggressive, especially from the more defined arch in the hood and angular headlights. Inside, the Blue Oval also adds modern amenities like an optional digital instrument panel.
The 2018 Mustang also has upgraded powertrains, but Ford is still keeping details about the changes a secret. Raised compression and revised fuel injection gives the 5.0-litre V8 more power and better fuel economy. Torque from the 2.3-litre EcoBoost also improves, and the V6 leaves the lineup. The Blue Oval’s 10-speed automatic is available with both engines. The 2018 ‘Stang gallops into showrooms this autumn.
Gallery: Ford Mustang Around The World
Surge in Exports Makes Ford Mustang Best-Selling Sports Car on the Planet for 2016
Ford Mustang, top-selling sports car in the U.S. over the last 50 years, became best-selling
sports car in the world in 2016, according to Ford analysis of IHS Markit global automotive
registration data in the sports car segment
International markets fuel Mustang sales growth in 2016, with global sales up 6 percent over
2015; number of Mustangs exported is doubling every year, with more than 98,000 total cars
shipped to customers outside of U.S. since 2015, according to Ford data
Once only available in North America, Mustang is now sold in 140 countries; six more
countries to be added this year
New Mustang arrives this fall with sleeker design, more advanced technology and improved
DEARBORN, Mich., April 25, 2017 – Ford Mustang has been the best-selling sports car in the
United States over the last 50 years, and now, thanks to growth in international markets, the
iconic pony car is the most popular sports car in the world, according to Ford analysis of IHS
Markit new vehicle registration data in the sports car segment.
Mustang expanded its sales lead in 2016 as the world’s best-selling sports car with more than
150,000 Mustangs sold, according to IHS Markit new vehicle registration data. Overall global
sales increased 6 percent over 2015, fueled by international market growth up 101 percent with
almost 45,000 Mustang vehicles sold outside the United States.
Mustang’s ascension to best-selling sports car in the world in 2016 was driven largely by
continued global rollout that saw big sales gains in Germany and China, as well as the car’s
introduction to smaller nations such as New Caledonia, Gibraltar and Bonaire. Since launching
in China in 2015, Mustang has become the best-selling sports car in the world’s biggest auto
market. Sales in 2016 were up 74 percent over 2015, according to HIS Markit new vehicle
“The legacy of Mustang continues to grow, and in places it never reached before,” said Mark
Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “We continue to make it available in new markets,
and drivers in those markets continue to respond with resounding approval.”
For decades many global Mustang enthusiasts went to great lengths to get their hands on
Ford’s fast, fun and affordable sports car. Recognizing this passion, Ford decided that in 2015 it
would take its iconic Mustang to markets across the world.
Ford’s data shows more than 395,000 sixth-generation Mustangs have been produced at Flat
Rock Assembly Plant since 2015 and of that, 98,000 have been shipped to customers outside of the United States. From 2015 to 2016, Ford doubled the percentage of exports to 17.5 percent
and the company expects export growth to continue, reaching 30 percent for the 2017 Mustang.
Mustang – with more than 8.4 million likes – is the most-liked vehicle on Facebook. It is now
available in 140 countries across all continents other than Antarctica. This year, availability of
the 2018 Mustang will expand to six new countries, including Brazil, the Palau Islands and the
Ivory Coast, with three additional markets announced later.
For 2018, worldwide Mustang fans will see a more athletic look highlighted by new front and
rear design, more advanced technologies such as an available 12-inch all-digital instrument
panel, and the availability of improved performance features such as an all-new 10-speed
automatic transmission, MagneRide™ damping system and new active valve performance
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