Even as the Mustang celebrates its 58th birthday, one of the world’s iconic performance vehicles has been named the world’s best-selling sports coupe. This information comes from Ford’s analysis of registration data provided by Standard & Poor’s Global Mobility.
Mustang Debuted In 1965
In fact, the Mustang, which debuted in 1965, has been named the world’s best-selling sports coupe for the seventh year in a row.
Led by the 5.0-liter V-8-powered Mach 1 Mustang, the brand retains its sales crown for 2021. Indeed, the Mach 1 has joined the Mustang Shelby GT500, Ford’s most powerful street-legal and most advanced Mustang. ever retained its sales crown. Despite this great news, Ford Mustang owners and automakers are competing with Voodoo engines in the GT series.
“When fans around the world step into the Mustang, they unlock a feeling of freedom and experience the open road,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford Blue. “That feeling, along with the iconic design, outstanding powertrain and passionate global community, have all contributed to making Mustang the sales leader for the seventh year in a row.”
US Maintains Most Mustang Demand
According to internal Ford data, the United States remains home to the greatest demand for the Mustang, representing 76 percent of global sales. Other markets that see Mustang sales growth in 2021 include New Zealand, up 54.3 percent, Brazil, up 37.3 percent, and South Korea, up 16.6 percent. For those who want their own Mustang, customer retail orders will almost double in 2021 compared to the year before.
Ford looks set to continue this momentum with five new special editions in its lineup, including:
- Mustang Ice White (also available on Mustang Mach-E)
- Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition
- Mustang GT California Special
- Mustang GT Coastal Limited
- Mistamg GT Stealth
From the Mustang EcoBoost to the Shelby GT500, there are special editions at every performance level for muscle car enthusiasts.
Eight New Colors Available For 2022
The Mustang also gets eight new color options for 2022, including the Ford Performance exclusive Code Orange on the Shelby GT500, while Brittany Blue Metallic returns specifically for the Shelby GT500 Heritage and Coastal Limited models. Additional new colors are available across the lineup – including Atlas Blue Metallic, Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat, Dark Matter Gray Metallic, Eruption Green Metallic, Grabber Blue Metallic, and Mischievous Purple Metallic.
The Mustang Mach-E, the newest member of the Mustang family of brands, is also successful in 2021 as one of Ford’s hottest products.
In addition to solid first-year sales, the Mustang Mach-E garnered trophy-worthy press accolades, including the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award, Car and Driver’s 2021 EV of the Year, the 2021 Wards Best 10 Award, and the Kelley Blue Book Best Purchase Award. 2022. The Mustang Mach-E was also recently named a finalist for the 2022 World Car of the Year.
S&P Global Mobility Background
Mustang’s sales base is based on S&P Global Mobility’s new light vehicle registrations from calendar year 2014 to calendar year 2021. The figures are compiled from government and other sources. The figures account for 95 percent of global new vehicle volume in more than 80 countries, as reported in February 2022. S&P Global Mobility figures define the sport coupe as a two-door and convertible model.
Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
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