They are ice skating in Hades again. In a repeat of June 2017, the Dodge Challenger was the best-selling muscle car in August. This time, the advantage was enough to move the Challenger past the Chevrolet Camaro in total sales for the year.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon​

While the Ford Mustang took the top spot in July, the Camaro has been in third place since the end of May. What was a 2,571-unit year-to-date (YTD) lead for the Camaro has become a 1,199-unit deficit. Ford still owns the top spot in the YTD total, with about 38% of total deliveries.


The Challenger is also the only muscle car to grow in a niche that accounted for about 3.3% of total August passenger car-sales. After eight months in 2017, Mustang sales have tanked, down 30%, while Camaro sales are off about 3%.

The Dodge Charger squeaked past a 66% surge in sales of the Chevrolet Impala to remain the top full-size car in August. The Dodge, with sales up 11%, finished the month 117 deliveries ahead of the Chevy. Year-to-date, the Charger still has a commanding 14,352-unit lead among the mainstream brands.

While Toyota delivered more crossovers and SUVs than Jeep, and GM’s utility sales rose by nearly 28%, FCA still has the lead in total crossover/SUV deliveries for the eight months that ended on August 31. FCA is going to need to perk up its turnover in the Jeep brand and see if they can't mend the hole in Dodge Journey sales to keep that lead in the last four months of 2017.

The Dodge Grand Caravan dominated minivans last month, capturing 36% all of sales. Combined totals for the Grand Caravan, Chrysler Pacifica, and the remaining Chrysler Town & Country accounted for 52% of minivan and MPVs turnover. The Grand Caravan is the first and, so far, only, minivan to break the 100,000-unit mark. Production is reportedly pausing while the 2018s are  being tooled up, but there are at least two months of Caravans still in inventory to take up the slack.