Ford sold 125,809 Mustangs worldwide a year ago, making the model the best selling sports-coupe in the world, says the American carmaker citing an IHS Markit report. Ford sold 125,809 Mustangs in more than 80 countries past year.
Unsurprisingly, the United States remains the Mustang's largest market with 81,866 units registered past year.
Some Australian race fans may be disappointed to see the Falcon plate - which has has represented Ford in the ATCC/Supercars over the last 26 years - leave the sport.
"The world is falling in love with Mustang", Erich Merkle, a Ford sales analyst, said in a statement.
While the manufacturer clearly hopes for no fall-off in performance - and in fact thinks it can even improve upon it - there is a clear strategy on Ford's part worldwide to capitalize on its most iconic nameplate. "It could only be found on TV or the internet, and now it rolls down streets from Beijing to Sao Paulo".
Ford announced Tuesday morning (April 17) that they will switch to the Ford Mustang in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starting in 2019. 'Mustang always has been about affordable performance, which can be traced to innovations we've made competing in racing, like Nascar. He adds that the "Mustang is a flawless fit for our racing heritage today and tomorrow".
Mustang has competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011, winning championships in all but one season.
As the sports coupe grows in popularity, Ford has chose to switch the face of its Nascar entry from the Fusion to the Mustang. Since then, the auto has won three driver championships (two for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and one for Chris Buescher) and 70 races. "I can't wait", Ford board member Edsel B. Ford II said in a statement. The homologation of the Mustang for Supercars, sees Ford Performance partner with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing.
As well as local regulations, economy demands, and other factors that govern the vehicles in dealerships, Ford also had to build its first right-hand drive Mustang cars.
The first series points race for Mustang will be the Daytona 500 on February 17, 2019. Ford is still going through initial testing of the vehicle and says it will submit it for official NASCAR approval by this summer.