Mustang Celebrates 55th Anniversary as ‘Best-Selling Sports Coupe’

Today marks the 55th anniversary of everyones favorite pony car: the Ford Mustang. To celebrate National Mustang Day, Ford shared news that the Mustang has been named the world’s best-selling sports coupe for the fourth consecutive year.

“We broke the mold when Ford launched the Mustang 55 years ago,” said Jim Farley, Ford president, global markets. “Nothing says freedom, the wind in your hair and the joy of driving like Mustang; it’s an icon. The roar of its V8 on a spring day, there’s nothing better. No wonder it’s the most popular sports coupe in the world.”

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From Australia to Peru, Mustang reigns as the best-selling sports coupe in the world for 2018, selling 113,066 cars, according to data from IHS Markit. Mustang was also named the best-selling sports car in the United States, where Ford sold 75,842 Mustangs last year.

Mustang was available for purchase in 146 countries in 2018, based on worldwide Ford sales data. More than 500,000 sixth-generation Mustangs have been sold worldwide since 2015, with the pony picking up an additional half point of global share last year to capture 15.4-percent of the segment. This was fueled in part by the new Mustang Bullitt, which exceeded global sales forecasts by 25-percent.

Global sales data are based on IHS Markit 2018 total new vehicle registrations for all sports car segments. U.S. sales are based on 2018 industry reported sales.

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