• Jul 1, 2009
Despite having fewer model variations on the market, pent up demand for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro appears to have been enough to send the bad Bowtie past Ford's redone Mustang in June. Sales figures for the month are beginning to trickle in today, and General Motors says it shifted 9,320 Camaro units last month, as compared to the Blue Oval's 7,632 Mustangs.

Whether Chevrolet's victory will be sustainable over the long haul remains to be seen, but as The General has a backlog of 10,000 sold orders to fill (equating to less than a seven day supply), the streak is likely to continue for at least the next few months. Presently, GM offers just two main Camaro models, the V6 RS and the V8-powered SS, while the Ford Mustang has more bodystyles and trims than you can shake a stick at (arguably making the Camaro's achievement seemingly that much more impressive).

Sales of the third leg of 2009's pony car table, the Dodge Challenger, trail far behind, with just 1,369 units cleared last month.

As the industry heads into the dog days of summer, it looks like America's renewed pony car war is just heating up. Who will take the crown for the whole year? Sit tight, muscle fans.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Not surprising as it's an all new car people have been waiting forever for. The Mustang will be back on top in a month or two after the inititial Camaro sales spurt and freshly cut Mullets start growing out.

      Congrats to GM though for having a bright spot to offer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Even though the Camaro is the clear winner here, the mustang will be back on top because every high school girl in america wants one (v-6). If GM can get all those high school girls to like the better looking Camaro then the mustang would be in trouble.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Some1: I agree with Tuxchown, you obviously haven't been around the Camaro / Firebird before. Yes it has been off the market for quite some time, but these cars were VERY popular and sold HUGE numbers. Overall the Mustang has sold more units, but the Camaro have won quite a few rounds of the "Pony Car War".

        Most notably, in the late 70s when Ford was offering the Pinto based 'Stang, GM opened an industrial sized can of WhoopA$$ on the 'Stang with the IROC-Z and Z28 Camaro, The Trans AM, and Formula Firebirds.

        Note: The Camaro has long been the better car. Problem is, it was always somewhat reigned, in order to maintain the Corvette/s alpha dog status.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yes because high skool girls comprise of the bulk of mustang sales...

        the mustang is everyones car, thats why it sells well. Its appeal is not blocked by gender, class or age ... the camaro is popular, but it has never shared that kind of appeal at the same level.

        so just because the mustang has that, dont be jealous... your attempt to make the mustang look stupid is rather pathetic...
        • 5 Years Ago
        You do realize you basically said the same thing as AMERICANcomeback, right some1?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really dont see any bragging rights in winning a sales war. It just makes the car more common. I would rather drive a car that is somewhat rare. When the resyled mustang came out in 2005 it looked great but when you started seeing them 10 minutes they didnt stand out anymore and it really was not that special.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right. Which is why GM still makes the GTO, SSR, and why they'll continue to sell the G8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the pony car wars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When the Mustang starts offering a 400 hp V-8 and better V-6 next year, the tide will change. Considering the Mustang is currently only a .1 sec. slower 0 to 60 with 110 less HP.

      Personally, I would take either car. Both are awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, the Camaro, despite selling at up to $5000 over sticker price, outsold the Mustang, which is already being discounted (proof - eBay - compare the two). All this despite nearly every auto publication says the new 'Stang is better than the Camaro.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      And....it's new. So sales in the first year will be pretty high. This is pretty normal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it has to do with the drivetrains. IMO the mustang is better looking, but I would still buy the camaro over the mustang because of the Higher HP engines, 6spd vs 5spd manual and IRS over solid rear. Once the new engines get between teh shock towers of the Mustang I would choose the Stang.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, I'd rather wait for the 2011 Mustang with the new engines over the new Camaro. It just does absolutely nothing for me. Not a fan at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        add to that the 4.0L in the Mustang is crap and not worth it and of course it would outsell it

        I think the V6 camaro is killing the V6 Mustang and comes close to the Mustang GT

        And if I was looking for a Mustang I'd definitely hold out for the upcoming 3.7L and 5.0L, i'm surprized they ssolde over 7k units with that V6 they have.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its funny to read all these comments from Camaro and Mustang fanboys. Both of these cars are great. Even the Challenger looks good! If I was my normal self I would probably drive the Challenger because everyone and their mothers would be packing a Mustang. But the 2010 Mustang looks so much better than the previous and the Camaro is so angry looking!

      I know you Mustang guys hate GM and everything but you should be thanking them for one thing: Bringing a little bit of competition back to these segment. Competition is good for who? Thats right us the consumer! I could be wrong but do you think if the Camaro and Challenger wouldn't of been released that you would be getting your Coyote V8 next year? Probably not.


      I like these cars. They both are slightly different flavors for different types of people. I don't really expect the Camaro to outsell the Mustang. Its there to give people an alternate choice. Where I live there are tons and tons of Mustangs. I counted 102 in 30 minutes driving a Univeristy Bus Route I also counted 24 Firebirds/Camaros. That was a couple years ago so know I think its even more unbalanced. So far of all the newer models i have seen 4 Mustangs 2 Camaros and about 10 or so Challengers.

      My opinion.... Flame away.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Camaro is one nice looking vehicle......period!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ill keep my Challenger. I got the best looking car of the three and I don't have to see one every 2 minutes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, although 3400 pounds does not qualify as "light". Happen to love the Mustang myself. Good bang for the buck. Too many damn variations though. Camaro, as I always predicted will eventually also have many variants and be as common as the Mustang. Still, a well tricked Mustang stands out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As always, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I think my 06' GT is better looking than all of them, and while I love the look of all the new cars, the Mustang is the best looking overall, while the Challenger looks awesome, but is a total pig. Way too much weight and way too much size.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you read virtually any of the many pony car shoot-outs in the media, it's pretty obvious that even though the Camaro enjoys the top performance spot (by a tiny margin), the overall package is lacking refinement compared to the Mustang. It's market is also MUCH smaller in my opinion so, my guess would be that this apparent lead in total sales will be short-lived.
      Plus, as I've mentioned before, were it not for GM under-pricing the Camaro, you'd be seeing vastly different comparisons in the media. IMO, it's a joke to try to compare the 2SS Camaro to the base model Mustang GT and Challenger R/T. Be more realistic and let the GT 500 and SRT8 go head to head with the top of the line Camaro.
      • 5 Years Ago
      From the outside, I'd take the Camaro. But I've sat in one, and when it comes down to which I'd rather drive every day, I'd pick the Mustang.

      As for sales ... well, what were sales like in 2005 when the new Mustang was released? All the die-hard GM fans are scooping up the Camaro they've been waiting years to get; I'm not impressed by the numbers -- it's barely outselling the Mustang, it should be cleaning it's clock. I think after a couple months when most enthusiasts who want a Camaro have gotten one, we'll settle down into the same old routine we saw before -- Mustang will outsell Camaro by a large margin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know I've only seen one new Mustang and it was a V6 while I have seen about 15 new Camaros all being the V8 SS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And I see maybe 10 Mustang GTs a day and I have seen maybe four Camaros since it came out. I also spend a lot of time driving.

        Your point?
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