• Aug 3, 2009
Last month we learned Chevy sold more Camaros in June than Ford did Mustangs. It's like 1969 all over again. Now, we did state that, "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." But you know, with GM still being in the federal dog house and all that, plus with Ford being on the up and up, we wouldn't have been shocked to see more 'Stangs than 'Maros moving off lots during July. Only once again, Chevy beat Ford in the pony car sales department.

That said, Chevy sold about 2,200 less Camaros (9,320 vs. 7,113) in July than they did June -- and that's with Cash for Clunkers running at full tilt. For their part, Ford sold about 1,000 fewer Mustangs (7,632 vs. 6,686) month-to-month. Drawn out on a long enough graph, and Ford will eventually sell more Mustangs. That's if reading trends wasn't just like reading tea leaves. As far as why the Camaro continues to outsell the Mustang, we'll chalk that up to the Chevy's newness. Once the General fulfills all of its backlogged orders, we're thinking the Mustang is just too tough an opponent to continually beat. Even if they keep covering the Chevy in Gobots Transfromers bunting. Either way, we'll see you back here next month.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      The recal must have slowed the sales.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Mustang will always be the Mustang, but the Camaro on the whole is better styled (to many people's eyes) and has better engines right now. The Mustang is not far behind, and the sales numbers show it.If a car is really bad, people stop buying it. The 2011 model year should be interesting, but I think that the months since the Camaro has been selling, make 2010 all but over in the sales race. Mustang started selling sooner, but Camaro on an even field will win this one. Mustang will have another day. (Oh, by the way, I hope they give this Mustang really meant to have a live axle stuff because it it better for drag racing stuff a rest and simply give it an IRS next time around.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      The real Mustang enthusiasts are not going to be buying a lot of 2010 Mustangs. They will be waiting for the 2011s with the new motors and probably a few 'fixes' to the 2010 updates.

      Knock your socks off Camaro. Get your act together. You are going to need it next year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed Chris O that the V6 carries the Mustang, and there are still lots of them being sold, but it's the Mustang enthusiasts vs the Camaro enthusiasts that put out the winning numbers for Mustang. For 2010 the Camaro enthusiasts are in charge, supported by the V6 buyers. Next year the Mustang enthusiasts will rule, supported by the new V6 EB and new base engine buyers.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @John:

        You have a pretty good point about the engines, but I think the effect of those engines won't be quite as big as you might think. Based on the percentage of V6 Mustangs that are sold, I doubt the average buyer is in the "enthusiast" category.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know why the Mustang fan boy are so upset that the Camaro is selling better. Dose it really matter witch one sales better?. I'm going to buy what I like, and I could give 2 S@#T's and 4 F#$K's, witch one sales better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't even think the Mustang qualified for CFC. Even if it did why would anyone want one knowing that more powerful and refined powertrain options will be available in the not too distant future. Once we have those the Camaro's major advantage will be eliminated. The quality glitches and horrific interior won't help either.

      • 5 Years Ago
      How is this surprising? The Camaro was dead for 7 years, so there is bound to be pent up demand. Couple that with a lame duck Mustang powertrain lineup and voila, two months of better sales for the Chebby.

      If the 2011 Camaro is consistently outselling the 2011 Mustangs, then I will be surprised.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Personally I think the 2010 Mustang looks a lot better than the Camaro, but as folks around here have stated...the Camaro is an all new car drawing lots of interest after a long hiatus. The Ford is just warmed over 05. Also I wonder how many V8 buyers are waiting for the Coyote engine transplant in the Stang? As for base engines, the Mustang's 4.0L SOHC doesn't even hold a candle to the Camaro's base engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      and i have yet to see a new camaro....
        Quantumphysics
        • 5 Years Ago
        The first time I saw a Camaro in the mirror coming up from behind me, I was like WTF IS THAT?

        I've gotten used to seeing them now and I'm guessing the only people buying them are the older guys who wanted one years ago but were either too young or too broke to buy.

        The same goes for the Dodge Challenger.

        The Mustang has the upper hand cause its more practical.
        • 5 Years Ago
        At least 20 here running around in my town, not including the ones in the dealership showrooms.
        I see them so much I don't even really pay attention to them anymore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't say they're common, but I've seen quite a few. And if you really really want to drive one, rent it at Avis. Last I checked, Camaros rent for $150/day+taxes+fees.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've seen three in Austin, which is the same number of GT-R's I've seen... But there is a brand new Camaro 2SS with a six speed at the local Georgetown dealership. At a price almost of $45,000 I can see why it hasn't sold, though. That and it has the ugly ground effects kit and all of that stuff.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ive seen 4 Camaros and a 'Stang. I havent seen a Challenger for months.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see about three a week in the Bay Area, mostly V6s. A pretty good presence for having been introduced so recently.

        It's a pretty safe bet that the Mustang will regain the sales title after the first few months, though, as all of Camaro fans who've been waiting for years to buy one finally get their fix. The Mustang is a more manageable size, is easier to get in and out and see out of, has a more practical trunk, and above all else, is cheaper. Most ponycar sales aren't to enthusiasts--and that's where the Mustang has always had an upper hand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        or i could test drive one for 0.00.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've seen a few. But considering the new 'stang looks like the old 'stang, it's hard to say if I've seen one of those.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thats odd....i seen about 7 already.

        4 at one time all parked next to each other. Nice looking car tho...not feeling the base model and the tiny wheels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see two at work every day :)
        They're making a little more power now too...
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a European, I like the ford best. In a way... (what do I know, i'm not that familiar with that type of car culture)

      Too bad they don't sell it here, but that would be near impossible. How do you sell a 4L rudimentary stop light racer next to refined 3L germans or even smaller but also hugely powerfull hatchbacks.

      Anyway, Camaro looks fine to me, if not a little 'cartoony'. The ford should have looked like the concepts from a while back. More slender, and lets say 10% scaled down or something. It's still very 'butch' looking, which I know is the point of these cars. But still.

      In fact, the dodge challenger for me is visually the most attractive, but mustang and camaro are everywhere being praised as the much better cars. The dodge challenger also got the best take on the retro styling for me. But what happened with that car. Is it selling? I hardly see any mention at all on autoblog. What's the ratio in sold volumes between the three 'heritage' musclecars?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes it sells I see about three or four a day here, but you're right there isn't much hype about it though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The novelty will soon wear off. You all know that I am the unofficial defender of all things GM. Sorry, I'll buy the 'Stang over the Camaro. Especially next year when they get the new mills.

      Saw my first Camaro on the road last week. That is one HUGE mother of a car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honorable mention goes to Phil Martens for convincing Bill Ford to Nix the Independant Rear Suspension for the Mustang to save $100 per car (live axle ended up COSTING $98 more per car than IRS).
      • 5 Years Ago
      24 months from now if it's still happening I'll believe it's a trend. Right now...no.
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