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Challenger beat Camaro, but not Mustang

by David Zatz on

Ford Mustang sales may have dropped by 7.4%, but the car used in almost every movie and television show since 1965 still took the muscle-car sales championship with 75,842 buyers in 2018. The Dodge Challenger, which has been made less consistently than either the Mustang or the Chevrolet Camaro, but whose current iteration is perhaps closest to the original, scored the #2 slot, with 66,716 buyers—a 3.4% increase over 2017.

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Taking a distant third place, the Chevrolet Camaro came in at 50,963—a 25% drop from 2017. Oddly, that drop exactly matched the Corvette’s fall, to 18,791. The Corvette’s issue may be buyers waiting for the mid-engined version.

The Challenger is, like the Charger, due for a new generation, likely to be launched next year as a 2021 model. From various informal accounts, Allpar has heard that the two cars, to be joined by a crossover Chrysler rather than the usual sedan, will include aspects of both the L-series cars and the “Giorgio” architecture currently used only by Alfa Romeo. Engines are likely to include a new version of the Hemi V8, a turbo four, and either a mildly updated Pentastar or the rumored straight-six (which might also be slated only for trucks and Jeeps).

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