There was only one sports coupe that sold more than 100,000 units around the world in 2015 and it goes by the name of Ford Mustang.
In fact, the sixth-generation Ford Mustang accounted for 141,868 vehicles sold, according to information provided by IHS Automotive. Approximately 110,000 of those sales were for the coupe model and roughly 30,000 were for the convertible version.
“U.S. consumers have enjoyed interesting foreign sports cars for decades, so it was time for the Americans to return the favor with the worldwide launch of the new Mustang,” says Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst. “Global markets have responded in a huge way. Ford Mustang was the only sports coupe in the world with more than 100,000 units registered last year.”
Merkle also pointed out that growth for the Mustang in the US market came from millennial consumers who opted for the more affordable Mustang equipped with the 310-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Chinese consumers also favored the turbo-four and the Mustang was the best-selling sports coupe in China during the fourth quarter of 2015. In contrast, customers in Europe preferred the Mustang GT and its 435-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine. Believe it or not, the Ford Mustang was the best-selling sports coupe in Germany this past March, meaning the new Mustang outsold the popular Porsche 911 in the country where Porsche has its global headquarters.
Chevrolet recently released its new sixth-generation Camaro to compete with the Ford pony car, but the Mustang outsold the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger combined in March of this year. The Mustang was best-selling sports coupe in the US for 2015 and continues to lead in sales for the first quarter of 2016.