by announcing that its flagship is the world’s top-selling sports
, and the blue oval announced it will enter the venerable nameplate in the
top stock-car racing series, replacing the
Global registrations of the
in 2017 totaled 125,809 cars, based on
analysis of new light-vehicle registration data from IHS Markit, which is compiled from government and other sources and captures 95 percent of global
volumes in more than 80 countries. About two-thirds of the
— 81,866 — were registered in the U.S., meaning the remaining 43,943 were in export markets, including 7,125 in China alone. The numbers appear to be down from 2016, when Ford said it sold more than 150,000 Mustangs globally.
Ford began exporting the Mustang to global markets for the first time in 2015 and has since sold 418,000 Mustangs around the world. The iconic pony car is now available in 146 countries, having added six countries last year including Brazil and the Ivory Coast.
Globally, the most popular configuration is the Mustang GT fitted with the 5.0-liter V8, which makes 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Ford also says it’s seen a 10 percent increase in the number of women shelling out for the
over the past five years.
Separately, Ford said it will bring the Mustang to the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series for the first time, beginning at Daytona in February 2019. It will be Ford’s fourth different Cup model in NASCAR’s modern era, following the
. Ford has raced the Mustang in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011 and won championships in all but one season.
Overall, Ford has six organizations and 13 teams competing in NASCAR.
— Ford Australia (@FordAustralia) April 17, 2018
And this being National Mustang Day (who knew?), we would be remiss if we failed to mention the big news Down Under that Ford will return to Supercars racing, replacing the FG X Falcon, and once again taking on the GM-derived