Ford Mustang Is World's Best-Selling Sports Coupe for Third Straight Year

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Hot hatch fans will be excited to hear the new Ford Fiesta ST will go on sale in Australia next year, coming in as the entry level model in the new Ford Performance lineup.

"We did look at other vehicles when we first thought about this, well before we even engaged with the teams or the series, but the Mustang is the right fit and its credentials in terms of the V8 are very, very strong".

Ford has used the Mustang in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011.

However, the Mustang plate was responsible for five straight titles in the 1960s, and set the tone for Ford's championship-winning dominance over Holden.

Ford also announced today that the 'Stang has once again been crowned the best-selling sports coupe on Earth, according to IHS Markit data.

Of the almost 126,000 vehicles registered worldwide, Ford reported 81,866 of those were registered in the United States, meaning just over one-third of all Mustang registrations are occurring in export markets. In China, Ford says it was the best-selling sports couple with more than 7,000 registrations.

Since global exports began in 2015, through December 2017, Ford has sold 418,000 Mustangs around the world. Sales have stretched to some 146 countries, which is some serious penetration. A quick spin in any V8 Mustang is all you need to realize why that is - it's a riot.

Ford has also committed to releasing (in the USA this year) an ST version of the larger Explorer SUV not sold here, and to deliver 12 new Ford Performance models by 2020.

The decision was, however, made early in the process to focus on the Mustang, which has a rich racing heritage, including in Australia. It has taken Team Penske to four owners championships carried Ricky Stenhouse Jr. It will be just the fourth Ford model in NASCAR's modern era following on from the Thunderbird, Taurus, and Fusion.

"Reality is the market is changing, we're seeing less passenger cars and more SUVs and pickups".

The first two teams to sign on are DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing.

Initial testing of the Mustang stock vehicle is still underway and it will be formally submitted to NASCAR for approval this summer.

The first series points race for Mustang will be the Daytona 500 on February 17, 2019. Once that is completed, the vehicle will be publicly unveiled.

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