Executives at Ford must have suspected they had a winning car on their hands when they decided to produce the new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang in right-hand drive for the first time, but the magnitude of its success might still have come as a surprise.
As Automotive News reports, the Ford Mustang is a global sales star, with roughly 27,000 right-hand-drive examples sold across 25 markets since the start of production about a year ago. In the UK, Ford has a 7-month order backlog for the less-potent EcoBoost model, and a 9-month backlog for the V8-powered GT. Australian buyers are facing waits of up to 10 months, and the Ford Mustang has become the automaker’s second-best-selling model there, behind the mid-size Ranger pickup.
“We are always trying to eke out one more right-hand-drive unit if we can,” says Ford Mustang Chief Engineer Carl Widmann. “We’ve exceeded expectations overall. We’re getting happy customers across a lot of different regions.”
Of course, the Ford Mustang has done well in left-hand-drive markets, as well, selling in numbers of nearly 6,000 in Germany to-date. It’s the top-selling sportscar there, as well as in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and South Africa. Even here in the US, the current Ford Mustang is trouncing the competition; this year through August, Ford’s pony car had accumulated a 33,000-unit lead over Chevrolet’s redesigned Camaro. US Mustang sales are down 6.8-percent year-to-date, but the Camaro’s decline is more than double that, says Automotive News.