Ford Mustang Celebrates Its 56th Birthday In Style As It Becomes The World’s Best-Selling Sports Car

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April 17, 2020 at 01:42 PM

The Ford Mustang has had an incredible history since its inception and now, the legacy just grows on and on, with more laurels being bestowed on the same. Owing to the addition of the Shelby GT500/GT350 and other models in the Mustang lineup, the coupe has now become the world’s best-selling sports car. It continues to reign as the world’s best-selling sports coupe for 5 years on the trot, now.

What if it’s your birthday and you get that gift which you have been longing for all of your life? Well, that’s the kind of story that you would associate the 2020 Ford Mustang with today. 

How? Well, April 17th marks the birthday of the Mustang nameplate and today is the 56th birthday of this iconic sports car. What has made this moment even memorable, is the fact that the Ford Mustang was the world’s most sold sports car in 2019. 

It also expanded its reign as the world’s best-selling sports coupe for the 5th year in a row. The survey was conducted by IHS Markit and includes data from the Government and other sources.

“From Sweden to Shanghai, more and more driving enthusiasts are enjoying the feeling of freedom and the American open road in these new Mustangs. We are honored to serve our owners, enthusiasts, and fans for 56 years and counting,” said Jim Farley, chief operating officer, Ford Motor Company.

So how did the Mustang achieve this feat? Well, that’s mainly due to two big reasons.

Firstly, Ford has been on a massive spree of introducing more and more performance-centric models in the lineup to offer customers a diverse range of choices to choose from. That resulted in the creation of amazing cars like the 2020 Ford Mustang BULLITT, Mustang Shelby GT350/GT350R, and the Mustang Shelby GT500, alongside the standard EcoBoost and GT models on sale.

This takes the number to a total of 12 performance-oriented models on sale globally, including Performance, Handling, and Carbon Fiber Track Pack options.

The second reason comes up as a follow-up to the part we explained above. Due to this expanded lineup of cars, Ford was able to sell over 102,090 units of the Mustang, globally.

The main contribution to these numbers came from Germany, and Poland, where the sales figures increased by 33 percent, and 50 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, in France, Mustang sales nearly doubled in 2019. Ford also made Right-Hand-Drive versions of the Mustang for venturing into markets like India, where it enjoyed a considerable amount of success.

The Mustang is currently in its sixth-generation avatar and Ford began exporting them, since 2015. Till December 2019, Ford was able to sell a total of 633,000 Mustangs in 146 countries in the world and this includes the 102,900 units that were sold in just 2019.

The 2020 Mustang lineup is available in both coupe and convertible forms and customers can customize their individual Mustangs, to various levels. Currently, the 2020 Mustang faces a lot of heat from rivals like the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, BMW 2 Series, Nissan 370Z, among many others. 

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