It’s a pretty common topic we hear and see discussed: the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is a great car, so why is it falling to the sixth-generation Ford Mustang?
While the answers and wisdom may vary, Bob Lutz has penned his thoughts on Road and Track as to why the Mustang has clobbered the Camaro in this generation of the storied pony car war and it all comes down to one thing, in Lutz’s opinion: design.
“The Camaro, an even better car, sinks into quasi-irrelevance. You can’t tell it from the previous one. ‘The same as before, only smaller’ has never been a winning formula in a fashion-conscious segment. The current Camaro, although fabulous, missed the mark.”
On the other hand, Lutz writes, “The minute I saw the new Mustang and the new Camaro, I knew Ford had won this round. The Mustang is a design masterpiece: sleek, semi-European, yet still a Mustang. Independent rear suspension or not, it is a winner.”
The sixth-generation Camaro’s design has long been a hot topic. It’s not a particularly bad looking car, but it’s very much so an evolution of the fifth-generation car’s looks. The fifth-generation Camaro was new, fresh and hit all the right retro cues. There’s a reason the Dodge Challenger outsold both the Mustang and Camaro earlier this year: Dodge knows who’s buying the car. The Camaro falls short on design, despite its incredible performance chops.
It’s one of the reasons we believe the refreshed 2019 Chevrolet Camaro won’t be a quick once over. In fact, we think it will sport some major design changes to differentiate the car and reignite the love affair that surrounded the fifth-generation Camaro. In the meantime, we have a few ideas on how Chevrolet can fix slumping Camaro sales, and we discussed this matter in depth during the most-recent Camaro Show podcast.