Ford Mustang is Best Selling Sports Car Globally in 2016

The Ford Mustang, the top-selling sports car in the U.S. over the last 50 years and once available only in North America has just put another notch on its belt as the best selling sports car on the planet in 2016.

Now sold in 140 countries with six more countries coming later this year, the Mustang expanded its sales lead in 2016 with more than 150,000 Mustangs sold according to IHS Markit new vehicle registration data.

Mustang’s ascension to best-selling sports car in the world in 2016 was driven largely by continued global rollout that saw big sales gains in Germany and China, as well as the car’s introduction to smaller nations such as New Caledonia, Gibraltar and Bonaire. Since launching in China in 2015, Mustang has become the best-selling sports car in the world’s biggest auto market. Sales in 2016 were up 74 percent over 2015, according to HIS Markit new vehicle registrations.

Ford’s data shows more than 395,000 sixth-generation Mustangs have been produced at Flat Rock Assembly Plant since 2015 and of that, 98,000 have been shipped to customers outside of the United States. From 2015 to 2016, Ford doubled the percentage of exports to 17.5 percent and the company expects export growth to continue, reaching 30 percent for the 2017 Mustang.

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