• Jan 5, 2010
It's official: The Ford Mustang outsold the Chevrolet Camaro in 2009, despite the Bowtie Brand's contender putting together a string of month-on-month sales leads over the Blue Oval's pony car. But it was a close race.

According to sales data released by both Ford and General Motors, the Mustang sold 66,623 units in 2009, with GM coming in close behind at 61,618 Camaros sold for the year.

Early on there was speculation that the Camaro could overtake the Mustang if its sales streak continued, but despite pent up demand for the Chevy's retromobile, Ford sold 6,327 Mustangs last month – over 60 percent more than it did in November. Not a huge surprise, but a good showing nonetheless, and with all of the updates to the 2011 Mustang, we suspect that next year's race won't be nearly as entertaining.

UPDATE: As many of you pointed out in the comments and after having a conversation with Chevy's Adam Denison, we didn't analyze the data properly. In our haste to get this story posted, we failed to note that the Camaro didn't go on sale until June of 2009 and that Chevy sold more Camaros each month thereafter, including December.

[Sources: Ford, General Motors]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      New Camaro officially went on sale March 17 2009. So Mustang had 2.5 month head start. And there was limited availability at first too. Can't believe this story ran as is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Frank,

        "Duh" is a good word for you.

        GM didn't count official sales beginning in January.

        Maybe they counted the number of deposits or preorders for their internal figures, but those figures aren't factored into an official tally like this.

        At all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, and the '09 Mustangs were very deeply discounted once the '10s hit the lots.

        So the '10 Camaro had to sell against the deeply discounted '09 models AND the reskinned '10 Mustang.

        And it's STILL selling better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        New Camaro had a ton of pre-orders and new-model press as well, while the Mustang had an all-but-announced engine refresh for 2011, if you want to compare apples to apples...
        • 5 Years Ago
        They did not REPORT sales officially until March which is what Autoblog and everyone else uses in their reporting. So DUH!
        • 5 Years Ago
        But you could buy a Mustang, you couldn't buy a Camaro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ha! Did you know GM began taking orders and starting counting sales in early Jan 09.

        Duh!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think Camaro sales will fall off the cliff just yet. They aren't quite littering the lots yet, there's still some pent up demand left. But once that demand is satisfied, I'm sure the Mustang will resume shellacking the Camaro.

      I'm not really sure why GM brought the Camaro back, frankly. Don't get me wrong, I like the car, but as has been said many times (including on here in the last 24 hours), big coupes just don't sell all that well.

      Chevy:
      Small sports coupe. And I don't mean a 2-door version of a car that's also a sedan like the Cobalt. I mean more along the lines of the Celica/Integra. You can even make it FWD if you want. But young people who don't have families yet will buy sporty coupes if they aren't too expensive and get decent mpg.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't believe the "spin", dude.

        Camaro outsold the Mustang for the 7th or 8th straight month now...this time by a margin of 20%!

        The ONLY reason the Mustang outsold the Camaro for CY '09 is because they had Mustangs to sell in January and February...both '09s and '10s.

        Camaros didn't hit lots until March '09.

        Why didn't AB mention this?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Both are good (maybe great) cars with their own personality and strengths and weaknesses. I hope it remains an entertaining comparison for years to come. Personally, I prefer the Mustang, but I know a coworker who's actually in the market for a muscle car(I'm not) and he prefers the Camaro, so what do I know?
      invisiblepigeon3
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does it really matter who bought more of what? The Mustang is likely a better car consdiering the trash that usually gets spewed out of GM. The average IQ is 100 and Wal Mart is the world's largest retailer, but all they sell is s***! Just because a bunch of ignorant morons shop somewhere, doesn't mean that what they buy is good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's what I'm talking about. It figures the Mustang is the better car, handles better, has more features, received a better safety rating, better build quality, an awesome interior. The 4.6L is only a fraction of a second slower than the Camaro, the 5.0 should put the icing on the Mustang's cake and make it the clear winner. I'm still not sure if I like the update on the Mustang's exterior though looks to tacky and awkward, the 2005-2009 Mustang was just right. It's time for a restyle hopefully like a sports car again like the Fox body or 1994-2004 gen.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Mustang does NOT handle beter than the Camaro. You take a STOCK Camaro SS and a STOCK Mustang GT (stock as in NOT having a $1300 suspension and handling package installed), and the Camaro will pull around .92G and the Mustang will pull around .86.

        The Mustang is a joke and proof that you can't polish a turd.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A huge difference on the racetrack, sure. To the seat of the pants at street-legal speeds? Not so much. 0-60 was a much smaller difference, even less so without racing starts.

        It still holds that the 4.6L, while powered like the V6 Camaro, was *almost* as fast as the V8. Competitive. The new engines should, if everything holds true, be superior across the board even in the numbers game.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I put down 400 hp all the time on street tires in my Vette. No problem. Even easier in a heavier car like a Camaro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you just say the 4.6L 'stang could hang with the LS3 Camaro? Good one...! The Difference between 13.0 and 13.7 is a huge difference. Bus lengths (plural) infact.

        The 5.0 will be a good race, but I'll still put my money on pushrod power especially in the aftermarket.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Matt, you are so stupid it's really ridiculous.

        That $1300 track pack option is fully designed and warranted by Ford Motor Company for the same period of time as the rest of the car and still brings the total cost of ownership to less than a similarly opted Camaro.

        So even with a 100 hp disadvantage, the Mustang is still faster on a track, sorry to tell you when the 5.0L does come out, you're precious Camaro doesn't stand a chance on the track, the strip, or on the sales charts. Now that all the Camaro faithful have bought one, the demand will shrink and Mustang will win out again because it has the right combo of looks, power, and price.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep. You can't put down 400 hp on street tires at metropolitan speeds. Not without AWD anyway.

        So the Camaro is no quicker by the clock.

        But you can break the tires loose easier, get a better push in the back without a downshift - or as many downshifts, and generally better drive like a hooligan.

        With the 5.0 next year this is a moot point.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow 5 pages of comments and no one has mentioned that Ford has 100 different variants of the Mustang to sell while Camaro doesn't even have a convertible yet. I think the Camaro is winning and will continue to win in the long run when a bunch of other variants are finally released. For Camaro to win against a heap of Mustang variants is pretty impressive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Mustang is definitely nice. I'm a Chevy homer, but I usually prefer the Mustang, the only exceptions being from '67 until the Fox body in '78, and the current iteration. It will be neat to see 5.0 badges again next year, but I still think I prefer the Camaro. I liked the Mustang before the '09 refresh, but the new lines just aren't my thing for some reason.

      Please forgive me, for this particular article isn't the worst offender, but this has been building up for a while - this Ford infatuation is getting ridiculous. Total perception making reality. Ford skips (part of) the bailout, and suddenly their perceived quality goes through the roof. I like Ford, I really do. They were underrated before (quality wise, as is GM, in my opinion), but the worship of them is crazy right now. Glad I got in at ~$1.00, and at least it is an "American" brand (I know, I'm an old redneck, illiterate curmudgeon for thinking that way - please spare me the internet crucification).

      I feel better now. Thanks for letting me rant. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      We shopped a 2010 Mustang vs the 2010 Camaro SS and walked away with a Mustang. Has anyone here sat in both cars and driven both cars? The Camaro sales approach was a joke, the truck was a joke and the interior was a nightmare. It is not hard to see why the Mustang is a better car so go see for yourself.

      Yes, we knew the 2011 was going to have over 400 hp and we did not care since the car was for my wife. She just loved the way it looked on the outside AND the inside plus the way it sounded. I would have bought a Charger SRT8 before I bought a Camaro.

      The Camaro is HOT on the outside but until they work on the interior they are never going to realize the sales figures they hope too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed the trunk is a joke, the opening doubly so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        'the truck was a joke'

        What truck are you talking about?

        The Charger is garbage, give me a break. It's a 4-door for starters and it's plain plain plain no matter how big a motor you put in it. The Challenger is sweet though, love it.

        A woman preferring a Mustang over a Camaro. How did this seem strange to you? The Mustang has always been far more popular with woman proportionate to the Camaro. It was true with the 64 and a half and it's been true since.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I meant to say that the Camaro trunk was a joke. If the car was for me and HP was important, I would step up to the Vette. I love the subtle improvements over the years. A little less plastic would not hurt my feelings.
      • 5 Years Ago

      @Matt, what pipe are you smoking in your mom's basement to say they will have the same hp/pounds.

      Didn't you see & realize that Ford was playing right into people like you with their incorrect original press release of the 5.0?

      The official weight of the 2011 GT is 3,602, vs 3,855 or so of the SS Camaro? Power is a difference of 10hp vs a SS stick (higher for the SS Stick) and 10 hp lower in an auto-equipped SS vs a GT. But you can't deny a 250 lb advantage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please remember that official sales figures are for delivered vehicles. No other numbers count.
      • 5 Years Ago
      AB dropped the ball by not mentioning the availability dates for the cars. But, digging deeper, this was the ALL NEW Camaro's first year when cars usually do their best in terms of sales. The mustang was aged for the first part of the year and refreshed for the latter part. So while the Mustang wins '09 with an asterisk, the new engines should make 2010 a blowout for the Mustang against the now not-so-new Camaro.
      • 5 Years Ago
      REALITY CHECK!!!!!! 1) When did the Camaro get released during the year as opposed to the 2009 Mustang that was on sale since about December 2008?

      2) If you take the total sales and adjust statistically if the Camaro was released @ the same time as the Mustang, who would be the winner.??? Camaro!!!!

      Not a GM or Ford guy just being logical as to the disadvantage of the later release date.

      That's almost as fake as the hill climb test they had w/ the Lincoln MKS....In mountain altitudes an forced induction car (& the only one w/ AWD will usually win) Notice they didn't have the Audi A6 V8 or the AWD BMW 5 series??? WHat a fraud people are with supposed bragging rights!!!!!
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