The Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept with the Camaro 1LE Concept at SEMA

Chevy Camaro takes the muscle car crown for 2nd straight year

Sales numbers for December and the rest of 2011 are in and for the second straight year, the Chevrolet Camaro has claimed for title of being the bestselling muscle car in the American automotive industry – beating out the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger by a very comfortable margin as the Camaro claimed its first back-to-back sales title in decades.

In December 2011, the Chevrolet Camaro was once again the bestselling muscle car in America, selling 6,754 units – an increase of 20.3% compared to the last month of 2010. This marks the 7th straight month that the Camaro has outsold the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger and out of the 12 months of 2011 – the only month where the Camaro did not win the sales battle was when the Mustang bested the Camaro by less than 400 units. Other than that month, the Chevrolet Camaro has been by far the most popular American muscle car and by year’s end, General Motors had handed out an impressive 88,249 Camaros; accounting for an 8.5% increase over the number of Chevy muscle cars sold in 2010.

The Ford Mustang moved 5,057 units last month, which brought about a decline of 7.2% compared to December 2010. Even though Ford introduced two powerful new engines that allowed the Mustang to outperform the Camaro (while also costing less), the 3.7L V6 and 5.0L V8 were not enough to help Ford reclaim its title of having the bestselling muscle car in America. In addition to seeing a decline in year over year sales (December 2011 compared to December 2010), the Mustang also saw an overall decline in sales from the 2010 to 2011 of 4.4%. With just 70,438 units sold in 2011, the Mustang was the only one of the three American muscle cars to see a decline in sales compared to the previous year.

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