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Ford Mustang crowned as the world's best-selling sports car

BEST SELLER: Ford's success story new Mustang isn't just a winner in Australia, but also the likes of India (pictured), France, Romania, Greece and...Bonaire?
BEST SELLER: Ford's success story new Mustang isn't just a winner in Australia, but also the likes of India (pictured), France, Romania, Greece and...Bonaire?

THE best-selling sports car on the planet.   

Sounds like something to brag about, and Ford isn't shying away in declaring its Mustang the global sales champ for last year.  

According to IHS Markit global new vehicle registration data, in 2016 the iconic Pony Car was bought in more numbers than any other sports car across the world.   

Some may argue it's not a "true" sports car - especially in four-cylinder guise - but with rear-wheel-drive, coupe body and thumping 5.0-litre V8 up front we're happy to allow it.  

Some 150,000 Mustangs were bought globally in 2016 - from Poland to New Caledonia to India - with 6208 of those sales registering in Australia.   

Mustang was our runaway best-selling sports car of 2016, the popular Ford thumping the likes of the Mazda MX-5 (1577 sales), Toyota 86 (2068), Hyundai Veloster (2232), BMW 2 Series (2159) and Mercedes C-Class Coupe/Convertible (2524).  

2017 Ford Mustang GT in Australia.
2017 Ford Mustang GT in Australia. Iain Curry

It was also best-selling sports car all over Europe, including France, Sweden, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Greece.  

Once only available to buy in North America, the Ford Mustang in its current sixth generation is now on sale in 140 countries.  

These include the British tax haven of Gibraltar (pop. 32,000) and the Caribbean island of Bonaire (pop. 19,000).   And the Pony's reach is set to extend further.   

The 2018 Mustang will be made available in six new countries this year, from the giant market of Brazil to the tiny Pacific island of Palau (pop. 18,000).  

Ford Mustangs Around the World - New Caledonia
Ford Mustangs Around the World - New Caledonia

Ford Mustang figures

* More than 150,000 Mustangs sold globally in 2016.  

* Almost 45,000 Mustangs sold outside the USA in 2016.  

* There were 6208 Mustangs sold in Australia in 2016.  

* Top-selling sports car in the USA over the past 50 years.  

* Non-USA market growth of 101% in 2016.  

* Mustang is now sold in 140 different countries.  

* Mustang is the most-liked vehicle on Facebook with 8.4 million likes.  

Topics:  cars news ford mustang motoring sports car v8


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