When it comes to performance cars there is always competition; you might be thinking the competition is mostly on the street or at the track, but there is another place that competition is ramped. The Office. And by office we mean the sales floor. Neither Chevrolet or Ford would come right out and say, “Hey you Chevrolet, we are going to take you doooowwn in sales of the Mustang this year!” However, secretly we know that everyone wants to have the top selling car for the segment and this year Chevrolet and the Camaro are pulling ahead of the Ford crew with the long standing champion of the segment—Mustang.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Don’t believe they won’t admit competition? Check this quote out from AutoWeek: "Total Mustang sales for the month of April are up 59 percent. In combination with our other cars, we continue to grow our car market share," Ford spokesperson Said Deep said. "We are not in a sales race." Okay, that is a point of view. But what’s wrong with being in a sales race? Anyway, the point here is that GM has come out with the revised Camaro and Camaro Convertible and is seeing success using an industry competitor as a benchmark. GM has sold 30,824 Camaros year to date and Ford has sold 23,599 Mustangs. Some of the boost to the Camaro numbers was the introduction of the Camaro Convertible back in March. GM spokesperson David Caldwell told AutoWeek that the convertible can make up 20-25 percent of the sales for the segment.
2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
The bottom line here is that both of these cars are impressive modern muscle cars. Sure some will argue the Mustang is better looking and has superior engine technology, while others will say the Camaro is better looking and has the superior suspension to put power to the road. What we can say, is that both cars have come a long way from the originals while still keeping their fan base hooked. Who will be on top of the sales podium at the end of the year? Hard to say, but we know it will be close.
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