• Sep 1st 2009 at 5:30PM
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We'll have our monthly By the Numbers post ready in a jiffy, but one thing that stood out after glancing at the monthly automotive sales figures is that the Chevy Camaro has outsold the Ford Mustang for the third month in a row. While it's still a bit too early to call this an official trend, it's clear that there was a significant backlog of demand for GM's latest muscle car. That much was a given with The General reporting over 10,000 advance orders for the car before it even hit dealer lots.

We're not exactly shocked that the Camaro – with 8,680 total sales vs 6,289 for the Stang – is selling at a healthy clip, but it is a bit surprising to see the Mustang drop over 23 percent over the previous year. After all, Ford's pony car was heavily refreshed for the 2010 model year and has received excellent reviews from the motoring press, ourselves included. Perhaps some Mustang intenders are holding out for the expected 400+ horsepower 5.0-liter, 32-valve DOHC Coyote engine or turbocharged EcoBoost V6? Time will tell...

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I know I'm holding out for the new engines. I love the exterior Camaro and engines but hate the interior. I like the Mustang exterior and the interior but the V6 sucks. If Ford can deliver a V6 with similar or better power AND mpg than the Camaro V6, I'll sign on the dotted line. I'd love to go the V8 route but I have to commute so mpg is important.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Duratec 37 comes next year as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yea I mean really, I can't see this going on for long, it just a novelty. Plus like the post says, there were something like 14,000 pre-orders for the car right from the start. So of course that will put it ahead of the Mustang, since there weren't any pre-orders for the Mustang.

      The car just came out and GM has been shoving the concept car down our throats since 2006. I am sure by November the Camaro will be sitting on dealer lots with incentives, and I am sure you will see a few used Camaros on the lots from people who bought them and traded them in becuz they experienced the shortcomings of the car.

      And for people who say that if you drive a 2010 Camaro you get alot of attention, well not where I live, I see quite a few 2010 Camaros driving around and also in the mall parking lots and Ihave yet to see people flocking to the car and taking pictures of it and I live in NY
      • 6 Years Ago
      Heck yes, put me down for a 2011 or maybe 2012 5.0 so they can work out any bugs. I hope that it's just a refresh of the DOHC 4.6 from '96-'04, and not a completely new design that will have a lot of bugs to work out. A Grabber Blue GT is calling my name, and I don't want to have to wait for the '12.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Might be the novelty factor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is there a break down of what the biggest decrese is? Are less V8 mustangs being sold. Are the V6s suffering as well?

      I like to think that V8 buyers know a little more then the run of the mill V6 buyer. Most potential V8 buyers may know about the Coyote and 6 speed, and thus are holding out on their purchase. I for one, am doing the same, unless they have the EcoBoost... I'd be happy saving 5 or 6 grand and still getting a 340+ HP TT coupe with a 6 speed manual.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I for one love the new Mustang and I'm so close to buying one but... I'm not going to do it yet. Like so many others I'm holding out for the 5.0 Coyote engine. When that sucker comes out I'll be first in line to get one. The Camaro and Challenger are alright looking but the new Mustang has my vote all the way. I'm a die hard Ford guy and can't take anything else.

      Oh...this may surprise some of you but it's the honest truth, you wouldn't believe how many people I've talked with or overheard about how they would never buy a GM or Dodge product because of them filing for bankruptcy. They've always said that if they had to choose between the Detroit 3, they'd go with Ford!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its ahead because its a brand new design. Lets see how it looks few months down the line.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring a diesel. Now *that* would be muscle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      www.rarerion.com has a great piece aswell. He has some sweet Vintage cars that are worth a look at. Great artical
      • 6 Years Ago
      The kicker: 6-speed manual. A supercharger can bridge the hp gap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My local dealer called me when the first Grabber Blue 'Stang hit his lot. I told him to check back next year. Everyone had already found out about the 2011 'Stang and the 5.0. Why on Earth would anyone want the 2010 model?

      I just hope the 2011 doesn't become a fat pig like the Camaro and Challenger are.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It won't. Trust me. The coyote is prob 50 pounds lighter than the current 3v. Factor in the TR6060 and it will probably weigh about the same as the 2010.

        And the 3.7 V6 has been confirmed for 2011. So there will be a much better option for the V6 buyers, and renting a V6 Mustang might actually be fun for once! Lol....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why would it? They just did a moderate re-design, d'you think it's going to put on 400 lbs just from an engine upgrade? I guess if they were stuffing in the Scorpion diesel, maybe, but the Coyote should be lighter than the blown 5.4 in the Shelby.
      • 6 Years Ago
      August car sales are disappointing, considering C4C.

      News outlets are trying to spin it as good news (best sales month all year!), but the truth is sales were poor.

      September is going to be scary, kids.
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