Mus­tang the best-sell­ing sports car in the world


Global Mus­tang reg­is­tra­tions in 2017 to­talled 125,809 cars, ac­cord­ing to Ford 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.

‘‘Sports coupes’’, as de­fined by IHS Markit, in­cludes two-door and con­vert­ible mod­els.

One-third of Mus­tang reg­is­tra­tions were in ex­port mar­kets, which shows this Pony is mak­ing progress as a global ma­chine. But it’s still the United States that dom­i­nates, ac­count­ing for 81,866 of the near126,000 to­tal.

Ki­wis did their bit. A tiny lit­tle bit, with 115 Mus­tangs sold in New Zealand last year.

Euro­peans like it, with 13,100 ve­hi­cles sold (Ger­many is the big­gest Euro mar­ket). It’s gain­ing trac­tion in China, where Mus­tang was the best-sell­ing sports coupe last year based on 7125 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.

A ma­jor up­grade for Mus­tang has just been launched in NZ. Power and torque in the V8 are up from 306kW/530Nm to 339kW/556Nm in this new one. The red­line is also higher with peak power de­liv­ered at 7000rpm.

There’s a new 10-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, which is stan­dard on both GT and four­cylin­der Eco­Boost mod­els. Manual trans­mis­sion con­tin­ues as an op­tion in the Kiwi-spec V8 only.

The in­stru­ment panel fea­tures a new 12-inch vir­tual dis­play, as seen on the GT su­per­car.

Prices have risen slightly – be­tween $2000-$3000 de­pend­ing on model. The GT fast­back (this body style ac­counts for 90 per cent of for­ward-or­ders, as it should) is now $79,990, or the same V8 pow­er­train comes for $84,990 in con­vert­ible form. The Eco­Boost is $62,990 or $67,990 with­out a roof.

The lim­ited-edi­tion Bul­litt Mus­tang is also set to ar­rive in NZ as a fac­tory right-hand drive model, hope­fully be­fore the end of the year (2018 is the 50th an­niver­sary of the movie). Price and sup­ply still not known.

The GT, with its 5.0-litre V8, re­mains the most pop­u­lar global model. Thanks Amer­ica.

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