It’s safe to say Australia as an ongoing prognosis of Mustang fever. Ford managed to outsell Holden considerably during the month of May down under, and the sports car certainly helped its case.
Car Advice reports the Mustang was Ford’s number two vehicle behind the hot-selling Ford Ranger pickup. 1,351 Ford Mustangs were purchased during the month—a figure that outsold mainstream vehicles like the Honda Civic and Subaru Forester. Most of the sales reportedly came from previously filed orders. The Mustang has been on sale in Oz for 18 months.
Holden currently does not have a direct rival to the Ford Mustang, but the 2017 VF Commodore soldiers on as the only Australian-built sport sedan. The Ford Falcon was defanged last year. Holden sold 1,841 Commodores, down 18 percent year-to-date.
To show Ford’s incredible lead in the pickup market, just look at the numbers. The Ranger found 4,069 new homes last month; the Holden Colorado found just 1,924 driveways.
In total, Ford sold 7,617 new vehicles compared to Holden’s 6,917. In turn, Ford sales are up 15.7 percent, while Holden sales shrunk 6.6 percent.
Holden will have a few more tough months ahead as it gears up to cease production of the VF Commodore. This coming October, the final Australian-built sedan will leave the brand’s Adelaide plant. On the horizon, though, are plenty of new Holden vehicles imported from Opel and Chevrolet. Oh, and a rear-wheel drive sports car will join the lineup in 2020 as well.