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Old 11-27-2009, 09:19 AM   #1
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Camaro may be muscling past Mustang in sales for first time since 1985

This was in the Fredericksburg, VA - FreeLance Star paper this morning:



The Chevy Camaro has outsold Ford's Mustang for five consecutive months.
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Camaro may be muscling past Mustang in sales for first time since 1985

Date published: 11/27/2009



By TIM HIGGINS AND BRENT SNAVELY

Detroit Free Press


DETROIT

--The new Chevrolet Camaro is fast approaching its longtime rival, the Ford Mustang, as Detroit's muscle car sales leader.

The Camaro outsold the Mustang by more than 3,000 last month--the fifth month in a row that Chevy outsold Ford since bringing back the storied car this spring.

The battle between the two cars has been raging since the original Camaro went on sale in 1966 as a rival to the Mustang, which had launched two years earlier.

GM officials say the Camaro might even outsell the Mustang this year, which would be the first time it topped the Mustang since 1985. Through October, GM has sold 47,233 Camaros--9,236 shy of the Mustang.

The Camaro "definitely could overtake Mustang as the segment leader by the end of the year," Susan Docherty, GM's vice president of U.S. sales, told reporters last month. She added: "We will hopefully do that with only nine months' worth of sales versus 12."

Ford, meanwhile, doesn't seem too concerned. "I don't think Mustang sales would have been much different one way or another," George Pipas, Ford's top sales analyst, said last week.

GM is back selling Camaros after ending production in 2002. Pipas noted that loyal Chevy buyers have not had an opportunity to purchase a new Camaro in several years.

"There are people that buy Chevys just like there are people that buy Fords. The passion for one brand or another is strong," Pipas said. "What we are seeing right now is 10 years of pent-up demand rather than some positive indicator about the economy."

The Camaro comes at a critical time for GM, whose U.S. sales are down 33.6 percent through October, compared with 2008, according to Autodata Corp. By comparison, total U.S. auto sales are down 25.4 percent for that period.
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:53 PM   #2
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That would suck. Can't drive down the road without having to dodge those damn Fords...I don't want the Camaros to be as numerous.
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Old 11-30-2009, 04:53 PM   #3
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I dont think that will happen they have a five year head start on retros and 8 year on all of them
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Old 11-30-2009, 05:25 PM   #4
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Im glad the pony wars started again ..... but with the 'maro being out of commission for like 7 years .... its gonna be a while before it goes back to the days of the wars.... IMO i still think the mustang is a girl car and you gonna see plenty of them ... and its gonna be a while before the 'maro repopulate ..... especially in this economy crunch.
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:19 PM   #5
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It will take a while for all of those we lost to mustang but they will see the taillights and come back if you know what i mean. ha ha
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:03 PM   #6
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Heck yeah .... and they know that a baseline GT cant touch the SS...hell the Cobra owners are even nervous lol ! ...Challenger....well they got some work to do too lol .... its great
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