The Ford Mustang is once again the world's best-selling sports coupe, the automaker announced last week in a press release. That claim is based on Ford analysis of 2021 registration data from S&P Global Mobility.

This is the seventh year in a row that the Mustang has claimed the best-selling sports coupe title. However, Ford didn't mention a three-peat as best-selling sports car, a title the Mustang claimed in 2019 and 2020.

While it remained the best-seller globally, the Mustang was also beaten by the Dodge Challenger in U.S. sales in 2021. Dodge sold 54,314 Challengers here in 2021, about 3% more than the previous year. Ford sold 52,414 Mustangs, down 14.2% from 2020 and actually the lowest annual total in the nameplate's history.

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Stealth Edition

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Stealth Edition

Ford said its own internal data shows that the U.S. represents 76% of the global market for the Mustang. Other markets saw growth in Mustang sales in 2021. New Zealand sales were up 54.3%, Brazil sales were up 37.3%, and sales in South Korea increased 16.6%, according to Ford. Global customer retail orders nearly doubled in 2021 compared to the previous year, the automaker said.

While definitely not a coupe, the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover had a strong 2021 by Ford's standards. Ford sold 27,140 vehicles in what was the Mach-E's first full year of production. That made the Mach-E the second best-selling electric SUV in the U.S. in 2021, behind the Tesla Model Y, Ford said.

Mustang updates for the 2022 model year are minimal. Ford added a handful of special editions—including the Ice White, Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition, California Special, Coastal Limited, and Stealth—as well as eight new color options. A redesign is expected soon, likely for the 2024 model year.