The Dodge Challenger is among today's most popular muscle car platforms, and the proof is in the numbers as sales have jumped 24% in the first quarter of 2021. Even with Dodge cutting back of models such as the Journey and Grand Caravan, the Challenger still rates as Dodge's 3rd best-selling platform in their lineup of vehicles.
A total of 15,096 Challengers were sold in the United States in the first three months of 2021, which is a substantial increase over the 12,138 total units sold in the first quarter of 2020.
Despite seeing an increase in sales for the Challenger, Ford still managed to just barely stay ahead by moving 17,274 Mustangs in the first quarter. This comes as a drop of 4.4% for them with the previous year seeing 18,069 units sold. It goes without saying of course the Mustang is Ford's best-selling car.
Chevrolet has seen a decline for Camaro with only 7,089 units sold, a 1.3% difference from last year. In fact, sales were so low for the Camaro that only a mere 478 units separated it from Corvette sales which increased 73.1% seeing 6,611 vehicles sold. The Camaro has been on a slow steady decline due to demand for the past 7 years. From 86,227 units sold in 2014, that number dropped to 48,265 in 2019 and finally to 29,775 for 2020. The decline in interest for the Chevy Camaro has opened the door to easily let Ford and Dodge duke it out for the top ranks. To make matters worse, GM recently announced it will be killing off the Camaro platform (again) in 2024 as most automakers are pushing towards the transition to EV platforms for 2035. As it sits, GM is showing no plans to replace the Camaro with any sort of hybrid unit.
With only 2,178 separating the Mustang and Challenger, the question is, who will be crowned as best selling car of 2021? Time shall tell.