The Ford Mustang pony car has just been named 2016 “Women’s Performance Car of the Year.” Ford’s pony car beat out a field of nearly 300 performance-oriented competitors to claim the title.
Honorable mention goes to the all-new Ford Focus RS hot hatch, which lost to the Mustang by a single point.
Women’s Performance Car of the Year is decided by a panel of 17 female judges from 14 different countries. The Women’s World Car of the Year awards are the only automotive awards on the planet decided by an all-woman panel.
“Ford Mustang is surprisingly loved by women who are after a sexy, sporty, masculine car that turns heads,” says Women’s World Car of the Year judge Juliet Potter – an Australian woman who founded AutoChic.com.au in 2000. “Combining the car’s silver-screen celebrity status with real-life practicality, Mustang screams, ‘I am in control!’ and delivers the same behind the wheel with above-average grip and suspension.”
The current, sixth-generation Ford Mustang was introduced for 2015, featuring an independent-rear suspension for the first time in the model’s 50-year history. It’s available with a base 3.7-liter V6, a turbocharged, 2.3L four-cylinder, or a 435-horsepower 5.0-liter V8. A mid-cycle refresh is anticipated for the 2018 model year.