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The all-new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang has been out for a bit now, and it's selling well. So well, in fact, that it recently overtook its arch rival the Chevrolet Camaro in the sales war for the first time since 2009, when the fift-gen Camaro landed. Through the first five months of 2015, the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] has sold 56,571 Mustangs while Chevy has moved just 33,982 Camaros. Dodge is sitting back in third with a to-date sales volume of 30,166, The Detroit News points out.
Now before you Blue Oval fanboys get too excited, remember that the Camaro crew is waiting for the all-new 2016 model to hit dealerships, which it will do later this year. Once that happens the sales battle will heat right back up.
Either way, this is a battle we're happy to watch as it means each company is pushing the other make its pony car that much better. Ford is firing on all cylinders with its new Mustang and it's going to be a hard road for the new Camaro. Still, General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] engineers focused on dropping weight, increasing efficiency and also on giving the top-tier Camaro cars some of the tech found in vehicles like the new Corvette and various high-performance Cadillac models.
Both will have a turbocharged four-cylinder version once the Camaro hits dealer lots. Both will still offer up their potent V-8 variants, and both will find sun-loving folks eager to opt for the drop-top versions as well, especially in Southern California where the new Mustang is already selling rather well.
The 2016 Camaro goes on sale later in 2015. So pay attention to the first few months after that happens, and on in to 2016, to see how this battle of the American pony cars plays out.