Looking at all the data for 2014 US sales, the Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Ford Mustang for the year – but only just.
Chevrolet just recently announced US sales figures for December, 2014, revealing that dealers sold 6,628 units that month, up 32.2 percent from the same month in 2013. That pushed US sales of the pony car up to an impressive 86,297 units for the year.
Meanwhile, the phasing-out of the fifth-generation Ford Mustang predictably led to a sales slump through most of 2014 for the Camaro-fighter, but the numbers picked right back up as soon as the new 2015 Ford Mustang hit dealer lots in November. By year’s end, the pony car had sold 82,635 units – just over 4 percent less than the Camaro.
That’s leaving out one important detail, of course: that 2016 will see the introduction of the sixth-generation Chevy Camaro. That sixth-generation car will benefit from the newer, lighter GM Alpha platform, and might gain an available turbocharged four-banger to compete with the new Mustang’s 2.3 liter EcoBoost. Unfortunately, none of that changes the fact that at 9,511 US sales in December, the Ford Mustang stole the show from the Camaro by a considerable margin, for the second month in a row.
Here’s to hoping that this fierce sibling rivalry brings some properly good tweaks to the 2016 Camaro when it launches.