In its first year of global availability since the nameplate was launched in North America in 1964, Ford's Mustang has become the world's best-selling sports coupe, the automaker claimed.

"Demand for the iconic pony car remains insatiable," it said.

According to company analysis of the most recent registration data from IHS Automotive, Ford sold around 110,000 Mustang Coupes globally in 2015 – topping all other sports coupe competitors.

That record was achieved despite limited availability for most of the year in such key markets like China and the United Kingdom. Additionally, Ford sold around 30,000 convertibles, for total nameplate sales of 141,868 vehicles – making the model the best-selling two-door sports car in the world.

"US consumers have enjoyed interesting foreign sports cars for decades, so it was time for the Americans to return the favour with the worldwide launch of the new Mustang," said Ford sales analyst Erich Merkle. "Global markets have responded in a huge way. Mustang was the only sports coupe in the world with more than 100,000 units registered last year."

Global data for 2015 suggests Mustang has room to grow overseas this year as many markets begin to take delivery of their full allotment. So far, Merkle noted, global customers are most interested in models with the V8 engine.

"While much of the growth in Mustang demand in the United States has come from coastal markets – especially Southern California – and millennials opting for the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, buyers in other countries prefer the V8," he said. "That unmistakable V8 warble is a hot commodity outside the US."

Europe, Middle East and Africa

To date, over 16,600 customers in Europe have ordered a Mustang which went on sale here last summer. Shipments from Flat Rock Assembly Plant began in the latter half of 2015. Of the 13,000 sold last year, 4,700 are now in customer hands.

Several significant markets, including (right hand drive United Kingdom), began selling Mustang in the fourth quarter. Total sales there top 3,500 cars, with the first 1,000 cars delivered in March.

In Germany, Mustang was the best-selling sports coupe in March, according to data published by German Federal Motor Transport Authority, KBA. Despite relatively high petrol prices, the five-litre V8 is the top engine choice in Germany. The country – traditionally strong for drop-tops – also has the highest international take-rate for the convertible model, with one in three sales.

Mustang was the best-selling sports coupe last month in France, according to data from the Association Auxilliaire de l'Automobile. Ford sold 339 Mustangs there in first quarter 2016.

Incremental sales in South Africa, Cyprus and Malta are helping boost Mustang volume.

EcoBoost popular in China

In Q4 2015, Mustang was the best-selling sports coupe in China as exports made their way to dealerships in volume, according to IHS registration data. Buyers in China favour the EcoBoost versions.

In its first three months on sale in Australia, Mustang ranks as the best-selling sports coupe. Demand is so strong, the car was initially sold out to the end of 2017 but an additional 2,000 units are scheduled to be shipped by the end of this year.

More than 90% of buyers in Australia and New Zealand are opting for the V8 where such engines were once very popular and offered in locally made Ford, GM Holden and Chrysler model lines.

Leadership in North America

In March, Mustang sales of 12,563 cars in the United States outperformed sales of 12,248 for the new Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger combined, according to published figures. Mustang was the best-selling sports coupe in the US for all of 2015 and throughout the first quarter of 2016, according to industry reported numbers.

In Canada, Mustang has outsold the Camaro every year since 1985, according to data from the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association. Ford has the best-selling sports coupe in Canada.

And in Mexico, Mustang was the best-selling sports coupe last year, according to IHS registration data. Mustang sales were up 176% in Mexico in 2015 versus 2014.