America just wasn’t enough for the original pony car. The Ford Mustang has officially gone global.
Last year saw the Mustang rise to the top of the sports car world, with recognition from fans from all corners of the planet.
A total of 102,090 examples were delivered in 2019 according to IHS Markit, who are the worldwide source of vehicle registration data.
It is the fifth consecutive year the Mustang has been crowned the best-selling sports coupe in the world.
That makes it, irrefutably, the most popular sports car on the planet today.
Sports coupes, as defined by IHS Markit, include two-door and convertible models only.
“We’re proud of our growing Mustang stable and performance variants,” said Jim Farley, chief operating officer, Ford Motor Company.
“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 honoured to serve our owners, enthusiasts and fans for 56 years and counting.”
Despite the Mustang's popularity in Australia, we only made up 3.86 per cent of the total 2019 registration figure.
During this period, Mustang sales in Germany increased 33 percent, in Poland sales rose by nearly 50 percent, and in France, they nearly doubled.
In Australia, however, sales waned to less than 4000 sales after reaching a peak of almost 10,000 deliveries two years ago. Nevertheless, it remains one of Ford Australia's most popular models.
Limited edition models such as the locally-assembled Mustang R-Spec, pictured above, have helped reignite interest in the regular Mustang range here.
There are currently 12 variants of the Mustang offered globally. That figure rises to 13 if you include our locally-created R-Spec version.
Alongside the supercharged Aussie special, there are four other Mustang versions offered in Australia – the fastback and convertible, each available with a V8, or a turbocharged four-cylinder.