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Ford Mustang named world’s best-selling sports car in 2016

Written by: Neil

The long-awaited arrival of the Ford Mustang on UK roads in 2015 sparked much celebration in the Petrol News office and Ford’s efforts in reworking the pony car for European motorists seem to have been worthwhile after it was named the world’s best-selling sports car in 2016.

According to data from IHS Markit, more than 150,000 Mustangs were sold globally throughout 2016, making it the best-selling sports car on the planet last year.

We’re proud to say that Britain played its part in Mustang sales with more than 3,250 units going to UK motorists. During the Mustang’s first year of sales in Europe, some 15,335 Mustangs were snapped up.

This places it comfortably at the top of the leaderboard for sports cars over 246bhp.

Roelant de Waard, Ford of Europe’s vice president of marketing, sales and service, said European customers continue to play a significant role in the global success of Mustang.

He commented: “The iconic sports car’s popularity with drivers of all ages and backgrounds shows no sign of waning.”

As if the Mustang couldn’t be any more appealing, a new limited run special-edition Mustang was introduced recently, boasting unique styling and premium specifications.

Priced from £39,895, the Ford Mustang Shadow Edition is available in race red and grabber blue with the 5.0-litre V8 engine, linked to a six-speed manual.

A unique bodystyling pack includes a black pony emblem for the GT grille and exclusive black 19-inch Y‑spoke alloy wheels, in addition to a Shaker Pro audio system with SYNC 3 Navigation, climate controlled seats and reverse parking sensors, with optional black contrast roof.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “The Mustang literally transcends borders when it comes to reaching out to petrolheads. Its success in the UK bolsters national pride in the Petrol News office.”

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