Camaro Outsells Mustang by Tiny Margin in 2012

Camaro Outsells Mustang by Tiny Margin in 2012

A near neck-and-neck finish capped off the sales war between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro last year, but the bow tie still managed to bring it in.

Chevrolet sold 84,391 Camaros last year while the Mustang managed to find 82,995 new homes. That works out to 1,396 more for Chevy, or a little less than a 1.7 percent margin. Both Chevrolet and Ford offered range-topping muscle cars last year with the ZL1 Camaro and Shelby GT500 Mustang – both readily capable of sending tire smoke and rear-ends every which way.

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But that represents a cooling off for the Camaro, which outsold the Mustang by over 18,000 units in 2011. That story could stand to be even more interesting in a year’s time.

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That’s because 2013 is the last year Ford plans to sell the Boss 302 – a less powerful, but more track-friendly mustang. Meanwhile, Chevrolet introduced the 1LE package which boosts a normal SS Camaro for improved track performance.

Ford is poised to make a real stir in 2014 on the cusp of its next-generation Mustang, which will sell as a 2015 model, but that still doesn’t put cars in showrooms ready to sell. Will that leave Chevrolet able to take the sales lead further?

Or more immediately, will the Boss making an exit help Ford step past Chevrolet’s margin to reclaim the top-selling muscle car title?

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