June Auto Sales: Muscle Car Wars
Ford Mustang Outsells Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger
Even with the growing importance on smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles in the United States, it is good to see that the there is still plenty of competitive spirit amongst the American muscle cars. The Chevrolet Camaro has been on fire with new model after new model debuting since 2010, but the Ford Mustang has kept an equal pace with its key rival and is on the verge of reclaiming the top-selling muscle car title.
Sales total for the first half of 2012 are in, and the Ford Mustang has taken a huge bite out of the its rival's dominance helping the Blue Oval to pull within about 1,000 units of the Camaro's lead. In June, Ford sold 10,263 Mustangs marking a 16.2 percent increase over 2011 versus Chevrolet's 9,123 Camaros which were up 7.5 percent last month. For the year, the Chevy Camaro is still in the lead with 49,697 sales, but the Mustang is right on its heels with 48,624. Last year, Camaro outsold Mustang by almost 20,000 units, but the first half of 2012 has been strong for Ford's pony car with sales up 24.5 percent compared to Camaro sitting still with a slight 1.9 percent increase year-to-date.