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Pony car’s de­but year over­shad­ows Fal­con exit

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Some win, some lose. The Ford Mus­tang was a win­ner in 2016

THE Ford Mus­tang’s de­but year on the Aus­tralian mar­ket has been a mas­sive hit with pun­ters. It seems the Blue Oval faith­ful have found a new, two-door Amer­i­can hero to latch on to with the demise of the ven­er­a­ble Fal­con.

Ford Ranger aside, the ’Stang was the brand’s high­est-sell­ing model with an im­pres­sive 6208 units sold for its first year on sale. Not bad for a car the com­pany ex­pected to shift just 1000 units of in that time. By com­par­i­son, only 4434 of the fi­nal, iconic Aussie sedans limped off the pro­duc­tion line and into the drive­ways of the Fal­con faith­ful.

Not only was the Mus­tang a stand­out within the Ford fold, it also eclipsed es­tab­lished ri­vals within the un­der-$80K Sports cat­e­gory. The likes of the Hyundai Veloster (2232), Toy­ota 86 (2068), Mazda MX-5 (1577) couldn’t come close to top­pling the pop­u­lar Pony.

De­mand has a down­side, though, and that comes via a seven-to-nine month wait for de­liv­ery of V8 GTs. Sup­ply is­sues will hope­fully be aided some­what through­out 2017 with Ford Aus­tralia se­cur­ing ad­di­tional vol­ume. It will also be in­ter­est­ing to see if the much pub­li­cised two-star ANCAP crash rat­ing will have buy­ers gal­lop­ing away in droves – we sus­pect prob­a­bly not.

A sig­nif­i­cantly up­dated range for the 2018 model has al­ready been pre­viewed and should help sales con­tinue on an up­ward curve. Re­vised styling, all-LED head­lights, in­creased power, quad ex­haust tips (V8), re­vised six-speed man­ual and a new 10-speed au­to­matic, Mag­neRide dampers, up­graded in­te­rior as well as safety kit in­clud­ing lane-keep as­sist and pre-col­li­sion warn­ing fea­tures. Tickford-fettled Mus­tangs are now also avail­able, with a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in power out­puts of both the EcoBoost and 5.0-litre V8 ver­sions. Watch this space.

Will Mus­tang con­tinue its suc­cess head­ing into its sec­ond year on sale?

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