Buyers have plenty of options at their disposal, but when it comes to sports coupes, the Ford Mustang is king. In a statement released on Wednesday, Ford said the Mustang had once again won the crown of the bestseller sports coupe in the world.
This is the fourth year in a row that the Ford Mustang has won the title. This is probably due to its global availability in markets where major competitors are not sold or sold in very small numbers. The current-generation Mustang has also been designed for right-hand driving markets; The Chevrolet Camaro, for example, was not there. The Mustang remains one of the best sellers in the United States, Europe and Australia. Worldwide, Ford has put 113,066 Mustangs in the hands of drivers in 2018 in 146 different countries.
Ford Mustang GT near Clay and Taylor streets in San Francisco (Matt Dayka / For Motor Authority)
This figure corresponds to a 0.5% increase in Mustang sales worldwide. The Mustang is also the best-selling sports car in the United States, its national market. Of the 113,066 Mustangs sold worldwide, Americans bought 75,842 Mustangs, or 67%.
Ford added that since 2015, more than 500,000 sixth-generation Mustangs have been sold worldwide.
Ford Mustang GT near the San Francisco Coit Tower (Matt Dayka / For Motor Authority)
Ford has a lot to tell this year for the popular pony car. The brand will present the EcoBoost High Performance Package for the turbo-4 version. In addition, the 2019 Shelby GT350 Mustang receives updates on its aerodynamics, suspension and tires. Finally, the Shelby GT500 2020 will be launched later this year and will create a welcome halo effect for dealers. Something similar happened when Dodge released the Challenger Demon. In the United States, the Challenger was the only vehicle in the muscle car segment to show an increase in sales – 3%, to be exact. Dodge sold 66,716 Challengers to the United States in 2018. Mustang sales actually dropped 7.4% in the domestic market. The main nemesis of the Mustang, the Camaro, did worse.
Chevy 's pony car has only found 50,963 homes in 2018 and has seen a drop in its sales of one year on the other by 25%. The sixth-generation Camaro has failed to elicit the same passion as the fifth-generation car on its return from a multi-year hiatus in 2010.