Camaro upstages Mustang in 2010

The Chevy Camaro has unseated the reigning top-selling sports car, the Ford Mustang.

Ford Motor Co.’s Mustang muscle car lost the sports-car crown it has held for 24 years to General Motor Co.’s Chevy Camaro.

The Camaro in 2010 outsold the Mustang 81,299 to 73,716. The two models have been battling for sports-car sales supremacy since the redesigned Camaro returned to the market in 2009 after a seven-year hiatus. Mustang had been the U.S. leader since 1986, according to Ward’s AutoInfoBank of Southfield, Michigan. The rivalry dates to the 1960s.

The muscle-car matchup broke out as President Barack Obama and automakers sought to shift U.S. car buyers to more fuel-efficient models. GM just introduced the Volt plug-in hybrid, Nissan Motor Co. has begun selling the Leaf electric car and Ford has new hybrid and electric models that are scheduled to be revealed at the Detroit auto show next week.

“This race represents the America that loves cars,” said Rebecca Lindland, an auto analyst with IHS Automotive in Lexington, Massachusetts. “These vehicles demonstrate that Americans still love well-designed, well-proportioned and well-performing cars.”

Camaro sales rose 32 percent in 2010, while Mustang sales rose 11 percent. Sales of both fell in December: Camaro by 26 percent, Mustang by 16 percent.

“Some of our competitors have been out of the market for some period of time,” Ken Czubay, Ford’s U.S. sales chief, said today on a conference call with analysts and reporters. “We’re very, very pleased with the fuel economy and technology gains [in the 2011-model Mustang].”

Ford was the best-selling auto brand in the U.S. in 2010, displacing Toyota Motor Corp.’s namesake brand, which fell to third behind GM’s Chevrolet brand. Ford sold 1,756,439 Ford-brand vehicles last year, while GM sold 1,565,632 Chevrolets and Toyota sold 1,488,588 Toyota-brand cars and trucks.


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