Rejoice Camaro Fans! The Camaro wins… for now. As reported my Automotive News, Chevrolet sold 9,320 Camaros to Ford selling 7,362 Mustangs during June 2009.
The last time Camaro beat the Mustang in sales was in 1993. Two things were different then. 1) I bought a Camaro is 1993. It was all new and a great car. 2) Ford’s Mustang was old and awaiting a redesign that would come the following year, 1994.
This time I am not buying a Camaro (because I can’t afford a new car at this time), and Ford has a new Mustang in dealers at the same time as Chevrolet has a new Camaro.
I would not expect this to continue. Remember, Chevrolet had 14,000 deposits for the Camaro before the first one was delivered. There are a lot of Camaro fans out there releasing their pent-up frustration. Some, like me, will not be able to buy a car, and others will. Once that initial band of Camaro fans runs out the car will have to survive on its own.
The 1993 Camaro was better in every measure of performance than the new for 1994 Mustang. But the Mustang has always out sold the Camaro. Even when the Camaro was better. Chevrolet has to be a lot better to out sell a brand like the Mustang.
At least we Camaro fans have a small victory.
With GM’s approval to sell the good parts of itself to a “new” GM maybe the Camaro will be around for a few years.