Ford Mustang World’s Best-Selling Sports Coupe, BULLITT special edition comes to Europe

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The new special edition Ford Mustang BULLITT celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary film starring Steve McQueen

The Ford Mustang has been named the world’s best-selling sports coupe for the third consecutive year. Global Mustang registrations in 2017 totalled 125,809 cars, at least according to Ford’s analysis of the most recent new light vehicle registration data from IHS Markit.

This data – compiled from government and other sources and capturing 95 per cent of global new vehicle volumes in more than 80 countries – puts Mustang ahead of all other sports coupe competitors worldwide.

Says Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst. “The world is falling in love with Mustang. It represents the best of American design, performance and freedom, with an unmistakable personality that appeals, regardless of your post code.”

Of the nearly 126,000 vehicles registered worldwide, Ford reported 81,866 of those were registered in the United States where Mustang is manufactured, meaning just over one-third of all Mustang registrations are being exported.

Ford sold 125,809 Mustang coupes and convertibles in 146 countries last year
Mustang was the top-selling sports coupe worldwide in 2017, according to Ford analysis of IHS Markit global light vehicle registration data
Ford sold 13,100 Mustangs in Europe in 2017, and 35,000 since introducing the iconic car to Europe in 2015. New Mustang and special edition Mustang BULLITT on sale later this year

Ford sold 13,100 Mustangs in Europe last year according to the company’s own data, and outsold the Porsche 911 in 13 European markets, including the UK and Spain. The leading five European markets for Mustang sales in 2017 were Germany (5,742), the U.K. (2,211), France (942), Belgium (900), and Sweden (512).

Demand also remains particularly strong in China, where Mustang was the best-selling sports coupe last year based on 7,125 registrations.

Since global exports began in 2015, through December 2017, Ford has sold 418,000 Mustangs around the world. The most popular configuration worldwide is the Mustang GT with the 5.0-litre V8. Ford has sold 35,000 Mustangs in Europe since 2015 through March 2018, and later this year introduces the new Ford Mustang featuring a more athletic exterior, and an upscale interior with soft-touch materials and 12-inch digital instrument cluster.

In addition, a special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt celebrating the famous film’s 50th anniversary begins production for Europe in June. Available in Shadow Black or classic Dark Highland Green, Mustang Bullitt is powered by an uprated 5.0-litre V8 engine that will deliver an anticipated 464 PS and 529 Nm of torque.

See YouTube video below for National Mustang Day

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