Ford Mustang is the best-selling sports car in the world during the first half of the year image

The 50-year old pony car has been earmarked as the globe’s top selling sports car after the sales data has been tallied for the first six months of the year, with figures compiled by IHS Automotive.

During the January through June period worldwide deliveries of the Mustang – this is the first generation that will have a global reach – totaled 76, 124 vehicles, naturally jumping 56 percent from the same period in 2014. And momentum is further expected to increase since the automaker has just officially started the production output of the right-hand-drive Mustang model at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, meaning even more markets will be added throughout the rest of the year.

“Initial global response to the Mustang has been strong, and we are only in second gear,” said Stephen Odell, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. “We continue accelerating production and global reach with right-hand-drive models now coming out of the plant.”

This year marks the first ever when the Mustang has been made available to fans throughout upwards of 100 markets worldwide, including with a right-hand-drive version, which make up more than 25 markets – such as the UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, as well as Cyprus, Malta and some Caribbean islands. Mustang sales in the US and Asia were the first to start last year in the winter and European markets received the model this summer. At home in the US deliveries jumped 70 percent in August, keeping the model ahead of its traditional rival Chevrolet Camaro while the latter also underwent a generational change.