The Ford Mustang has been the best-selling sports car in the United States over the last 50 years, now thanks to growth in international markets the iconic pony is the most popular sports car in the world.
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.
“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.”
Mustang’s ascension to best-selling sports car in the world in 2016 was driven largely by a global rollout that saw big sales gains for the model in Germany and China, as well as the car’s introduction to several smaller nations.
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.