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Since it first exploded onto the American muscle car scene in the late 1960s, the Ford Mustang has been the best-selling sports car in the U.S., making it an unequivocal icon for generations of automotive enthusiasts. Now, according to Ford's analysis of IHS Markit global automotive registration data, the Mustang has ascended to becoming the top-selling sports car across the globe, with more than 150,000 units sold worldwide. That's a six percent increase over 2015 and is due largely to the overall growth in international markets, which were up 101 percent last year. In 2016, almost 45,000 Mustangs were sold outside of the U.S. and almost 100,000 Mustangs have been shipped to overseas customers since 2015.

"The legacy of Mustang continues to grow, and in places it never reached before," said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager. "We continue to make it available in new markets, and drivers in those markets continue to respond with resounding approval."

Once only available in North America, Ford decided in 2015 on a global rollout that would allow Mustang fans from around the world the opportunity of ownership of the famed pony car. As a result, the Mustang is now sold in 140 countries with six more international markets to be added in 2017. Aside from significant sales momentum in Germany and China, the world's largest auto market, the Mustang has made its way into smaller countries such as Bonaire, Gibraltar and New Caledonia, as well. Up until now, global Mustang enthusiasts had to go to great lengths to buy their beloved performance two-door.

According to Ford, upward of 395,000 sixth-generation Mustangs have been produced at Flat Rock Assembly Plant since 2015. Of those, about 98,000 have been shipped outside of the United States. From 2015 to 2016, Ford doubled the percentage of exports and the company expects export growth to continue year-over-year in 2017, reaching an estimated 30 percent for the current Mustang model. And if social media is any kind of barometer for success and popularity, the Mustang has more than 8.4 million likes from around the world, making it the most-liked vehicle on Facebook.

Later this fall, the new Mustang will arrive with a sleeker design, enhanced performance and a wider array of advanced-technology features. Revisions include new front and rear fascias, an available 12-inch all-digital instrument panel, and an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, as well as a new active valve performance exhaust system to improve responsiveness and efficiency.

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