World Car News #Update
The original Ford Mustang still holds the record for being the fastest selling car of all time. Global Mustang registrations in 2017 totaled 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 per cent of global new vehicle volumes in more than 80 countries – puts Mustang ahead of all other sports coupe competitors worldwide.
“Sports coupes”, as defined by IHS Markit, includes two-door and convertible models.
When the baby boomer’s pony car arrived in 1964, it went on to shift a monstrous 680,000 examples in its first full year on sale. Sure, iPhones and Yeezys sell faster, but this was the Sixties. And we’re talking about a whole car. Only on sale in the USA. It was a phenomenon.
A total of 125,809 Mustang coupes and soft-tops found homes across 146 countries in 2017 – clearly it takes Ford a little while to add these figures up. One-third of Mustang registrations were in export markets, which shows this Pony is making progress as a global machine. But it’s still the United States that dominates, accounting for 81,866 of the near-126,000 total.
Since global exports began in 2015, through December 2017, Ford has sold 418,000 Mustangs around the world. With the Mustang GT 5.0-litre V8 being the most popular configuration worldwide.
With the 2018 Mustang on its way to the United Kingdom soon, the odds that the sales will keep up for a while is of high hope.