For the second straight year, the Ford Mustang – which celebrates its 57th birthday this Saturday – is the world’s best-selling sports car. The famed pony car also retained its title of the best-selling sports coupe for the sixth straight year.
Led by a surge in sales of the high-performance Bullitt, Shelby GT350, Shelby GT350R, and Shelby GT500 models, the Mustang led all competitors with 80,577 global sales in 2020, according to the most recent vehicle registration data from IHS Markit. That sales total represents 15.1 percent of the sports coupe market, up from 14.8 percent a year earlier.
“Mustang enthusiasts love their performance cars, and they showed that yet again,” said Hau Thai-Tang, chief product platform and operations officer, Ford Motor Company. “In a challenging year for the entire auto industry because of the global pandemic, Mustang performed very well, increasing its share in the global sports car segment.”
Sales of the high-performance, now-discontinued Bullitt and Shelby variants were up 52.7 percent in 2020 from a year earlier, according to Ford’s internal data. Ford looks to continue its success with limited-edition models with the new 2021 Mustang Mach 1 entering the lineup, which effectively replaces both the Bullitt and the Shelby GT350.
The United States remains the strongest global market for the Ford Mustang, representing about three-quarters of the iconic pony car’s total sales. Texas (8,600 vehicles), California (6,200 vehicles), and Florida (5,864 vehicles) remain the top U.S. markets for the Mustang.
Also helping the Mustang retain its title as the world’s best-selling sports car were increased sales in various European markets. According to Ford’s internal data, 2020 sales in Hungary were up 68.8 percent over 2019, while sales in the Netherlands (38.5 percent), Denmark (12.5 percent), the Czech Republic (5.6 percent), and Austria (4 percent) also increased year-over-year.