• Dec 23rd 2010 at 3:30PM
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It's true. For the first time since 1985, the Chevrolet Camaro will outsell the Ford Mustang in 2010. Besides giving the Bowtie Boys something to crow about, it also makes us genuinely intrigued to watch how 2011 unfolds, considering that Chevy plans to unleash its convertible and Z28 Camaro editions.

Somewhat surprisingly, Ford doesn't seem too bothered. According to Ford sales analyst George Pipas, "If that was important, we wouldn't have taken a shift off at Flat Rock," which is where the plant that assembles the Mustang is located. That's a somewhat dubious statement, since building too many vehicles in one model year only leads to problems for the next... In any case, this is a trend worth monitoring.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      For the folks who said "the Camaro didn't have any rebates" you couldn't be more incorrect. Most cars sold have rebates but not all of them are public rebates. Many are dealer incentives that are not public knowledge and the public isn't entitled to receiveing them. It gives the dealer a little more room to negotiate and maybe get a little more money. What the factory will also do is set a sales objective and if the dealer hits it they get a bigger bonus to encourage the use of the rebates. It also keeps the residual high and Honda is one of the best at doing this.

      The Camaro had these cash incentives all year but they got pretty good in August and September at $2,000 and even better in October at $2,500. Right now they are about $3,000 on 2010 models. GM still has a fair amount to sell but my friend who I rent a room to who sells Chevy's said the traffic really slowed down after July on the Camaro. He said even internet lead inquiries has slowed.

      The Mustang had them as well on the 2010 but the trick was finding a 2010. Ford drastically reduced the output of the 2010 model, building half as many Mustangs as GM did Camaros. This was done to help the value of the Mustang to remain strong but more importantly get the 2010's off the lot before the much improved 2011 was parked next to it.

      In a 50 mile radius there are currently six 2010 Mustangs and twenty-one 2010 Camaros.

      The part I find impressive about the Camaro selling so well is there isn't a convertible model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Both are great cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually think the Challenger looks the best, just in case anyone wanted to call me a Mustang fanboy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pipas' quote makes me wonder if the title of this article is correct.

      Were the sales numbers for the Camaro higher than the Mustang, or were the production numbers higher?

      There is a big difference.

      Either way it doesn't matter- I used to love Camaro's until I saw what Ford is doing with the Mustang, especially the 5.0. By comparison, the Camaro doesnt excite me- you feel like you are staring out a tank slit and the trunk opening is comical.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't speak for other markets but my local dealer has had the same 9 Camaro's for months.

      On the contrary, the nearest Ford dealer can't keep Mustang's in stock.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL. Autoblog seems to be disappointed in these findings...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure why this is a big deal.

      The Mustang is a much better vehicle. I've driven the Camaro on a road course (Nashville Super Speedway, road course config), and it's an absolute piece of crap. Much too heavy, horrible interior components, horrible vision inside the car, suspension is weak sauce
        • 4 Years Ago
        LIAR, the Camaro handles better, seen it in person, and on TV in the show called the Battle of The Supercars. In person both new GT and SS both in stock form the SS outperform the GT in the road course. In the show Battle of the Supercars the Camaro's suspension was stock and the Shelby Mustang wasn't and the SS outperformed the Shelby in the road course.

        To tell you the truth I prefer the Mustang over a Camaro just because I like Mustangs more. I don't believe everything that is advertise in a magazine, just because I know there is money involved and I could gurantee that Ford pays thousands of dollar more so that it could say they're better than the rest, and that's every car company.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ J-Mon... the 2011s didn't start sale until fall.
        I was hoping for a firesale on the 2010 but that never happened. I was going to pick one up if a GT hit about $23k. Demand was still high.

        So yes- considering 2010 sales were still strong after the 5.0 was released, show over go.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dunno which mag had the comparo, but the Mustang GT beat the SS and RT... and that was the 2010 model with the 4.6.

        The SS and RT look good, but you are right, which would you want to take home?

        If they lost a few hundred lbs, there may be a fight.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Frankly I'm a little surprised the 2011 5.0GT and the 2011 V6 Mustangs didn't clean up in sales for 2010 based on their superior performance over the SS and V6 Camaros.

        I guess some people prefer "SHOW" power to "GO" power.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The number of people who track their mostly stock pony cars is small. Most people buy them as an image car and apparently the demand for the edgier yet more retro stylings of the camaro won out. I'd be willing to bet that V6 sales of both models are greater than the V8s due to the economy and fuel prices and I know of only one mustang owner who is willing to track his V6 stang and no camaro/firebird owners track their V6es. Like it or not, they're both still bought by young women with disposable income who want a more stylish ride than a fusion or malibu, and their sales account for more than those who wish to buy a good car for track and street use :P

        Also I think the camaro looks a lot better and is roomier inside than the mustang so in those regards, the camaro would be the better vehicle. But the lighter mustang is a better track vehicle. Please be more specific when saying "The mustang is better"
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Mustang is a better car, but the Camaro looks fresher.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Regardless, THE CAMARO IS STILL AN UGLY, 'me too', AWKWARD PIG. It looks like a Chinese version of the Mustang.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The heritage wheels on the 2010 Camaro are not bad. They are alot better than the rolling stock hubcaps from the 2002 Camaro V6. I could care less about wheels as long as I have the car itself. It still took the Camaro SS to force Mustang to switch engines to a 5.0. That same 4.6 V8 was still in the Mustang since 2005 with no intention of upgrade even after the redesign of the 2010 Mustang. I wonder if the decision to switch from 4.6 to 5.0 V8 after only one year pissed off current 2010 Mustang GT owners?
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      May the BEST CAR WIN.....................and IT DID. The tangie looks as though it is still in the 80's and 90's new engines, but not everyone wants power, however if you do want power the 2011 Camaro will blow doors off of it's competition. The Camaro truly has good superior styling over the tangie. Now before you disagree with me, the tangie was outsold and there is a reason other than it's a superior product......................GO GM
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