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Ford Mustang, global king of sports car sales

The legend continues to grow By ,

The Ford Mustang is now the best-selling sports car in the world, according to IHS Markit new vehicle registration data.

In 2016, sales of the Mustang increased 6% to approximately 150,000 units. Success was largely driven by international markets, most notably Germany and China: Nearly 45,000 Mustangs were sold in the U.S. last year, a jump of 101%.

In Canada, the Mustang is the number one best-selling sports car since 1985.

“The legacy of Mustang continues to grow, and in places it never reached before,” said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “We continue to make it available in new markets, and drivers in those markets continue to respond with resounding approval.”

For the record, from 2015 to 2016, Ford doubled the percentage of exports to 17.5% and the company expects export growth to continue, reaching 30% for the 2017 Mustang.

Once sold in America exclusively, the iconic pony car from the Blue Oval can now be purchased in 140 countries across all continents. This popularity will expand with the updated 2018 Ford Mustang, scheduled to be released this fall with six new countries added to the list including Brazil, the Palau Islands and the Ivory Coast.

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Pictures of the 2017 Ford Mustang from around the world