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Camaro trumps Mustang--for now

Automotive News reports on sales competition between the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang.

Chevrolet's new Camaro hearkens in style back to the original 1967 model, particularly in the flat roof, which became rounded in later generations.
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In close competition, the Chevy Camaro outsold the Ford Mustang over the last year. Josh Miller/CNET

The modern-day Chevrolet Camaro has won bragging rights from Ford's Mustang--at least for the 12-month period since the Camaro reappeared after a four-year hiatus.

But the honor may be short-lived.

From April 2009 through March 2010, Chevrolet sold 82,405 Camaros, compared with Ford's 72,669 Mustangs.

But the 2011 Mustang threatens to deprive the Camaro of its first calendar-year victory over its Ford rival since 1985. The 2011 Mustang came out in April with new 3.7-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 engines, and Ford's car beat the Camaro 10,225 to 8,931 last month.

But the game of one-upsmanship continues. Many of Ford's sales came from incentives on 2010 Mustangs, and GM has help on the way: A Camaro convertible appears next year to compete with the Mustang's ragtop.

(Source: Automotive News)