PRETORIA, South Africa – The Ford brand celebrated April 17 2020 as Mustang Day – the icon-of-motoring’s 56th birthday – with two global sales titles, one for becoming the world’s best-selling sport car, the other for a fifth consecutive year of being the best-selling sport coupé title.
The Mustang has also become America’s best-selling sports car for 50 years.
Jim Farley, Ford’s chief operating officer, told The Corner in a media release.”We’re proud of our growing Mustang stable and performance models. From Sweden to Shanghai, more and more driving enthusiasts are enjoying these new Mustangs – 56 years and counting.”
The Mustang sold 102 090 units through 2019 to, according to data from IHS Markit, become Earth’s best-selling sport car through 2019. Sales in Germany, for instance, grew by 33%, in Poland by nearly 50%, and nearly doubled in France.
SA SPORT COUPE LEADER
Here in South Africa, Ford says, the Mustang remains the runaway leader in the sport coupé segment with 2860 units delivered from 2016 to end 2019. Add 2020 sales and that figure becomes 2943 vehicles – 69% share of the sport coupé segment.
The cars are available in South Africa in fastback and convertible styles with a choice of a 331kW five-litre V8 or 213kW, 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engines – each with a 10-speed auto transmission.
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The special edition Mustang Bullitt (pictured) has a 338kW version of the five-litre V8 and a six-speed manual gearbox is exclusively offered in fastback units with a dark-green shell and unique exterior/interior details.