Chevrolet Camaro remains the best selling muscle car in the US in 2012

Article by Christian A., on January 7, 2013

For the past two years, 2011 and 2012, the Chevrolet Camaro stayed on top in the segment it belongs to, doing better than the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. But in 2012, the gap had significantly narrowed between the Camaro and the Mustang. The Dodge Challenger stayed in third. Combined sales of the Hyundai Genesis coupe and sedan slightly grew but the Mopar offering still had the edge.

A total of 84,391 units of the Chevrolet Camaro RS, SS, 1LE, ZL1 were sold. It was expected that Camaro sales would increase in 2012 with the launch of the 580-hp ZL1 model and 1LE handling package for SS models. Actually, overall sales of the Camaro fell by 4.4-percent for the year. December sales for 2012 also fell by 13.6% compared to the previous year.

On the other hand, 82,995 units were sold of the Ford Mustang V6, GT, Boss 302/Laguna Seca, and Shelby GT500. Ford Mustang sales increased by 17.8% compared to 2011. This means that there’s only a 1396-unit difference between itself and the Camaro in 2012.

A portion of the added sales stemmed from the mid-year release of the revised 2013 model, which features standard HID headlights and LED taillights, an increase of 8-hp for the GT’s 5.0-liter V-8, and a 662-hp Shelby GT500 model. December sales had climbed 9.5%. Meanwhile, 43,119 units were sold of the Dodge Challenger SE, R/T, SRT8. Sales of the Dodge Challenger rose by 9% in 2012 compared to 2011.

For the month of December, sales were up 20% compared to the previous year. It’s speculated that Mopar is staying on third place since it doesn’t have a convertible variant, which is offered on the Camaro and Mustang. A total of 33,973 units were sold of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T, 3.8; Sedan 3.8, 4.6, 5.0 R-Spec.

It’s believed that the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is the only sporty car on the market to be competitive against the American muscle cars in size, power, and price. However, Hyundai doesn’t reveal the sales figures of the Genesis coupe and sedan. Its combined sales place it behind the Challenger.

All throughout the design process of the Chevrolet Camaro, special attention has been given to its wheel arch openings, regardless of whether it sits on standard 18-inch, or optional 19- or 20-inch wheels. All models are consistently designed so that there is a clear relationship between the top of the tire and its bottom fender. Also, reminiscent of the high-performing Chevrolet Camaro models are the classic “V” design motif in the nose and 2.5-inch (63.5 mm) power dome in aluminum hood – both are featured on all new models. The SS models, on the other hand, comes with a simulated intake located in the upper front fascia, as well as, a larger lower air intake.

Designers were inspired by the Corvette, thus, taking some design cues for the top while also featuring sculpted twin cockpits across the roof for a more distinct Chevrolet presence. The B-pillar is hidden from sight (when viewed from the outside) which actually gives the car a true hardtop coupe appearance and at the same time, improves the car’s structural rigidity. The Chevrolet Camaro comes with a one-piece body stamping that gives a flawless overall side appearance (meaning, no more seams, gaps or plastic appliqués, ensuring the best quality in terms of manufacturing. Another very familiar Chevrolet Camaro styling cue is the location of the “gills” – found in front of the rear quarter panel.

Chevrolet offers ten exterior colors – including Black, Victory Red, Rally Yellow, Silver Ice Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, Aqua Blue Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic, White, Imperial Blue Metallic. It also offers an optional Red Jewel Tintcoat.

The LT and SS models are offered with an RS appearance package which includes HID headlamps with integrated halo rings, specific taillamps, Midnight Silver-finished 20-inch wheels, and a rear spoiler available for the LT model.

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