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"Demand remains particularly strong in China", Ford pointed out today, "where Mustang was the best-selling sports coupe past year based on 7,125 registrations".

"We're proud to announce that Ford Australia, with our Ford Performance global team, is working with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing to homologate Mustang for 2019", Whickman at Tuesday's launch.

It will mark Ford's fourth Cup Series model in the so-called "modern era" that began in 1972, following the Thunderbird, Taurus and current model Fusion. Ready to race: the new Mustang model has been unveiled.

The Mustang is said to be particularly popular in China with 7,125 registrations, while the most popular global configuration is the GT trim powered by the iconic 5.0-liter V8.

The Mustang has often been the bestselling sporty auto in the USA market over the course of the last half-century, but with the global introduction of the 2015 models, Ford's pony vehicle has become the bestselling sporty vehicle in the world.

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"We are giving Mustang a proper birthday today, with the Australian unveiling of the new 2018 model and confirming its Australian track-debut with Supercars in 2019", he said.

Although the most recent model years have introduced a new line-up of EcoBoost turbocharged engines, smaller in capacity and more economical, some parts of the pony vehicle charm are still old-school.

"I think this is good timing for us, especially as we look at how Fusion is still performing with four race wins so far this year early in the season, that we felt we didn't want to bring out a new auto until we knew we could do it right and make a good step forward", he said.

Mustang has competed in the NASCAR Xfinity series since 2011, and has won championships in all but one season.

We have previously talked about how the Ford Mustang won the 2017 sales race in the United States among sporty 2-door models, but today, the Motor Company announced that the Mustang was the bestselling sporty 2-door in the world for the third-straight year. A near-parallel announcement was made this morning in Australia about the Mustang entering the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in 2019, replacing the outgoing Ford Falcon FG X. Its debut will held at Daytona on February of 2019.

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