Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. celebrated its pony car’s 55th anniversary last week with the news that it is the world’s top-selling sports coupe for the fourth consecutive year, and the top-selling sports car in the United States last year.
Ford dealers sold 113,066 Mustangs around the world in 2018, and 75,842 in the U.S.
“We broke the mold when Ford launched the Mustang 55 years ago,” says Jim Farley, president of global markets for Ford. “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.”
Mustang was available for purchase in 146 countries Iast year, based on worldwide Ford sales data. More than 500,000 sixth-generation Mustangs have been sold worldwide since 2015, with the car picking up an additional half point of global share last year to capture 15.4 percent of the segment.
The growth was fueled in part, according to Ford, 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.