Ford Mustang world’s best-selling sports coupe for third year in a row: What makes Mustang a global icon

Ford Mustang's fame isn't very new, it actually crops from the 1960s when the usual American car was large, really large. It was a revolution with its compact design and went on to become an inspiration for several others with its Pony car appeal in a land of muscles. Ford Mustang marks its 54th anniversary this year and as a present for itself has yet again earned the title of the world's most sold sports coupe for the third year in a row. Global Mustang registrations in 2017 totalled 125,809 cars, according to Ford analysis of the most recent new light vehicle registration data from IHS Markit.

 

This data – compiled from government and other sources and capturing 95 percent of global new vehicle volumes in more than 80 countries – puts Mustang ahead of all other sports coupe competitors worldwide.

Of the nearly 126,000 vehicles registered worldwide, Ford reported 81,866 of those were registered in the United States where Mustang is manufactured, meaning just over one-third of all Mustang registrations are occurring in export markets.

 

Ford sold 13,100 Mustangs in Europe last year according to the company’s own data,* and outsold the Porsche 911 in 13 European markets, including the U.K. and Spain. The leading five European markets for Mustang sales in 2017 were Germany (5,742), the U.K. (2,211), France (942), Belgium (900), and Sweden (512).

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Ford Mustang world’s best-selling sports coupe for third year in a row: What makes Mustang a global icon