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Mustang runs wild in Germany: Ford fends off all comers

Published: 11 April 2016

► Ford’s Mustang outsells rivals in Germany
► Outstrips the 911, Cayman, TT and F-type
► Will its sales success continue next month?

Ford’s hit a home run in Germany with the new Mustang, according to recently published figures from the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt – the Federal Motor Vehicle Office.

Its monthly report, which details new car registrations in a similar fashion to the UK’s SMMT, indicates that a total of 780 Mustangs were registered in Germany in March. 

This meant that it attained the heady heights of being the best-selling sports car in the German market that month. Given how derided many of the previous generations were, and how niche a choice they remained even when more than competent, it’s unquestionably a great result for Ford’s new entry.

Here are some of the key alternatives that the Mustang pipped to the post in the month of March:

  • Audi TT: 708
  • Chevrolet Camaro: 18
  • Chevrolet Corvette: 79
  • Jaguar F-type: 138
  • Mercedes SLK/SLC: 364
  • Nissan 370Z: 40
  • Porsche Boxster: 442
  • Porsche Cayman: 200
  • Porsche 911: 752

Besides being a thoroughly enjoyable car to drive, Ford’s Mustang also has a significant price advantage over many alternatives. In Germany V8 Mustangs start at €43,000 (£34,440), so represent significant bang-for-buck when compared to the likes of the least expensive supercharged V6 Jaguar F-type – which will set you back €64,400 (£52,364).

While the initial success of the Mustang can’t be disputed, what will be more telling is the results for the following month. Will countless disgruntled partners, suddenly faced with this lairy-chested muscle car, lead to a flood of used examples and a drop in values and demand?

Even keen owners may begin to find the reality of the Mustang’s attention-grabbing nature and real-world economy an issue. Time, as they say, will tell…

Read CAR magazine’s review of the new Ford Mustang here

2016 Ford Mustang

By Lewis Kingston

Formerly of this parish. Inveterate car buyer and seller; currently owner of a '68 Charger project car

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