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Ford sells more Mustangs than we thought

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Troy Mann | 17 April, 2018, 22:53

Global demand for the new 2018 model has driven Ford Mustang to its third straight year as the best-selling sports coupe in the world. Ford reckons the new ST will hit 100km/h in 6.7 seconds, two tenths faster than the old model.

Ford announced Tuesday morning (April 17) that they will switch to the Ford Mustang in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starting in 2019.

When the Ford Mustang turned 50, the automaker decided it was time to see just how popular the pony vehicle was, and it began selling one of America's first muscle cars globally. One is DJR Team Penske, which returns this season as the defending champions.

There's no official picture yet, just a quick teaser, but Ford promised it'll pull back the veil in the near future.

A close-up of the new 2018 Ford Mustang.

Now that the Mustang is about to turn the big Five-Four, it is also celebrating its third consecutive year as the best-selling sports vehicle in the world, according to IHS Markit. In an environment of relatively flat sports vehicle sales to women, Ford research shows a 10 per cent gain in women buying Mustang in the last five years.

Since global exports began in 2015, through December 2017, Ford has sold 418,000 Mustangs in 146 countries around the world.

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The most popular configuration worldwide is the Mustang GT with the 5.0-liter V8. A quick spin in any V8 Mustang is all you need to realize why that is - it's a riot.

There are no such issues with the ST, which has been sourced from Europe previously and will find a home here under the newly launched Ford Performance brand, along with the Focus ST and RS, Mustang and Ranger Raptor. DJR Team Penske now runs two Fords, while Tickford Racing fields four entries.

The decision was, however, made early in the process to focus on the Mustang, which has a rich racing heritage, including in Australia.

This will be Ford's fourth different Cup model in NASCAR's modern era (1972-present), following Thunderbird, Taurus and Fusion. "I can't wait", Ford board member Edsel B. Ford II said in a statement.

"Reality is the market is changing, we're seeing less passenger cars and more SUVs and pickups".

Mustang is still going through initial testing and will be formally submitted to NASCAR for approval this summer.

It now runs the Fusion in the top-tier Cup series and it is the oldest make on the grid after Chevrolet introduced its new Camaro for 2018, a year after Toyota brought an updated Camry.

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