Ford sells more Mustangs than we thought

Ford sells more Mustangs than we thought

Yolanda Curtis
April 17, 2018

Ford announced Tuesday morning (April 17) that they will switch to the Ford Mustang in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starting in 2019. "The classic Mustang parts industry is a growing market, and we look forward to raising the bar for the industry and providing the most comprehensive catalog, as well as new heights of quality and customer satisfaction".

But instead of a four-door sedan, it's the two-door Mustang.

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

Ford has also committed to releasing (in the U.S. this year) an ST version of the larger Explorer SUV not sold here, and to deliver 12 new Ford Performance models by 2020. The most common setup worldwide is the Mustang GT with the 5.0-liter V8 motor, normally.

The Mustang has often been the bestselling sporty vehicle in the United States market over the course of the last half-century, but with the global introduction of the 2015 models, Ford's pony auto has become the bestselling sporty auto in the world. "It's great to be back in the Ford fold, and we'll continue to ensure that we give Ford - and its millions of fans - something to cheer about". Ford also noted that the Mustang is 10 percent more popular with women over the last five years, so it's gaining ground all over the place.

Racing legend and co-owner of DJR Team Penske, Dick Johnson, joked that he "wouldn't be caught" in any other vehicle, after speculation Ford would sign on. "Mustang is a ideal fit for our racing heritage today and tomorrow". Since then, the vehicle has won three driver championships (two for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and one for Chris Buescher) and 70 races.

The new Mustang will make it's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race debut in the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona on February 10, 2019.

This will be Ford's fourth different Cup model in NASCAR's modern era (1972-present), following Thunderbird, Taurus and Fusion. The Mustang is still going through initial testing and will be formally submitted to NASCAR for approval this summer, Ford officials said.

He says DJR Team Penske and Tickford are part of a "partnership", not a works program, as part of the multi-million dollar launch of Ford Performance.

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