It's been a big year for Mustangs as Ford announced the return of the classic Bullitt and Mustang Shelby GT500 editions, and that the iconic model would be used by its NASCAR teams for the first time starting in 2019.
On top of that, the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker announced Tuesday, April 17 that the Mustang was the planet's best-selling sports coupe for the third consecutive year. Ford said it sold nearly 126,000 Mustang coupes and convertibles in 2017 across 146 different countries.
"The world loves Ford Mustang," Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst, said in a news release.
"For years, Mustang was unobtainable for customers on most parts of the planet. It could only be found on TV or the internet, and now it rolls down streets from Beijing to Sao Paulo."
The automaker reports that of the 125,809 Mustangs sold last year that 81,866 of those were registered stateside. In China, Ford says it was the best-selling sports couple with more than 7,000 registrations.
Since the automaker started exploring the Mustang on a global scale in 2015, it reports it had sold 418,000 of the iconic models in 146 different countries.
"While sports cars have traditionally skewed toward male buyers in the United States, Mustang is increasingly finding favor with women," the automaker says in the release.
"In an environment of relatively flat sports car sales to women, Ford research shows a 10 percent gain in women buying Mustang in the last five years."
With the same announcement, Ford also reported Tuesday that it would deploy the model in NASCAR's top league for the first time ever. The NASCAR Mustang will make its Monster Energy Cup Series debut at the Daytona 500 in February 2019.
Ford has used the Mustang model in NASCAR's Xfinity Series since 2011, but it has not graced the track during a race in its top tier. The Mustang will follow in the footsteps of the Thunderbird, Taurus and Fusion as Ford's fourth cup model since 1972.
NEWS: Ford Mustang planned for Monster Energy Series in 2019.April 17, 2018