Ford says Mustang is the world’s best-selling sports coupe image

The automaker said that it has analyzed the most recent registration data from IHS Automotive and Mustang has emerged as the top-selling sports coupe worldwide last year.

Ford’s new Mustang has proved to be quite a hit so far and even the Germans were impressed by it, as the muscle-car beat its rivals to become the country’s top-selling sports coupe in March, thus surpassing all local “darlings” such as Porsche 911 or Audi TT. But Mustang has apparently managed to do more than that and, according to registration data from IHS Automotive, Ford sold around 110,000 Mustang Coupes globally in 2015, topping all other sports coupe rivals. Even the convertible version was well received, with around 30,000 units delivered last year. “US consumers have enjoyed interesting foreign sports cars for decades, so it was time for the Americans to return the favor with the worldwide launch of the new Mustang,” Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst, said.

If most of the US customers prefer their Mustangs to be powered by the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, the V8 engine is the main choice oversees. Furthermore, Ford said that global data for 2015 suggests Mustang had room to grow overseas this year, as many markets begin to take delivery of their full allotment. To date, more than 16,600 customers in Europe have ordered Ford’s iconic pony car, which went on sale last summer. The model comes directly from Flat Rock Assembly Plant, where the production has begun in the latter half of 2015 and of the 13,000 sold last year, 4,700 have been delivered so far in Europe.

The best-selling sports coupe status was also achieved in China for the fourth-quarter of last year, as well as in Australia. And Mustang was obviously the most-wanted sports car in the US for all of 2015 and through the first quarter of 2016, according to industry-reported numbers.