General Motors Inc. said today that the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro was the best-selling sports car in the United States for the first full year of sales. From May 2009 to May 2010, GM sold a total of 99,872 units of the 2010 Chevy Camaro, outselling its closest competitor – 2010 Ford Mustang – by nearly 20,000 units. During the same period Ford sold a total of 80,340 Mustangs.
“It’s remarkable how quickly consumers connected with the new Camaro, and pushed it to the top of the segment,” said John Fitzpatrick, Camaro marketing manager, “especially considering our key competitors offer both coupe and convertible models. Today, about half of 2010 Camaro buyers are new to Chevrolet, some trading in performance cars such as Mustang or Nissan Z to purchase their Camaro. As Camaro brings new customers to Chevrolet, we believe it is having a residual effect on our other products.”
GM said that Chevrolet dealerships in international markets have sold more than 1,000 units of the Camaro, even before official export production has started. “Sales outside the U.S. are expected to grow significantly, as Chevrolet increases production to accommodate exports for Chevrolet’s largest markets, including Brazil, China, Russia, and Europe,” GM said.
Since the once-golden muscle cars saw it’s revival last year in the U.S. market, the Ford Mustang didn’t even come close in matter of sale to the Chevy Camaro. This frisky May 2010 however brought a surprise: the Pony beat the Bow-Tie in sales!
Mustang managed to top the Camaro from GM thanks to more power, from a combination of latest-hour technology engines for the 2011 model. With more punch the Mustang became more attractive to American buyers, and sold a grand total of 10,225 Mustangs to power-hungry drivers last month, while Chevrolet only sold 8,931 Camaros. [via egmCarTech and AutoBlog]