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Chevrolet Camaro outsells the Ford Mustang for first time since 1993

Wed, 01 Jul 2009

Some drivers weren't even born the last time the Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Ford Mustang.

But it happened in June as the reborn Camaro dusted the restyled Mustang, 9,320 to 7,362. The last time the Camaro beat the Mustang in a monthly sales race was October 1993, when Chevy sold 10,985 Camaros and Ford sold 5,680 Mustangs.

The last time the Camaro outsold the Mustang for a full year was 1985. That year, Chevrolet sold 199,985 Camaros while Ford moved 157,821 Mustangs.

Mark LaNeve, General Motors vice president of sales, service and marketing, said nearly every Camaro sale in June was at retail and was nearly double the number GM expected. LaNeve said GM has a six-day supply of Camaros.

Some dealers have reported selling the cars right off the delivery truck, with some consumers paying as much s $500 over sticker--making the sleek sports coupe one of the few vehicles in the industry hot enough to do that.

Ford restyled the Mustang for 2010, making it look smaller and upgrading the interior but keeping the same powertrains. The Camaro is all new with a base V6 that delivers almost as much horsepower as the V8 in the Mustang. The Camaro's V6 comes with direct fuel injection, 304 hp and an EPA rating of 29 mpg in the city.

By Richard Truett and Jamie LaReau- Automotive News