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Just One More Quarter Until Three Contenders Bow Out

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The Camaro was the official Indy 500 festival car for several years.

Time continues to fly by as we’ve officially capped off the third quarter of 2023, which means the sales for America’s pony cars are in, with 2023 being the final production year of the Dodge Challenger, Charger, and Chevrolet Camaro, we’re expecting to see some rising numbers for the three muscle machines as fans try to get their hands on the vehicles before it’s too late.

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Q3 2023 Muscle Car Sales USA: Dodge Leadership Continues

According to the official Q3 2023 sales reports from the Detroit 3 automakers, Dodge still holds the lead, with the Charger at number one and the Challenger at number two. That said, sales for both cars are down 30 percent and 33 percent, respectively, compared to Q3 2022. For Q3 2023, the four-door Charger has moved 16,915 units, while the Challenger accounted another 11,075 units. In total, the Dodge Charger has 63,647 units sold for the year so far, while the Challenger has another 35,350 sales year-to-date.

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Ford Mustang Q3 2023 Sales

The Ford Mustang, launching the new S650 model for the 2024 model year, sold 9,844 cars in Q3 2023. This launch phase means that production is not fully ramped up yet, meaning sales still have a lot of potential to grow. As a proof point, the Mustang just 35 units behind the Challenger in 2023 year-to-date sales, totaling 35,315 units. Ford stated in its Q3 sales announcement that Mustang sales were up 90 percent in September, while the new 2024 models sell within six days of arriving at dealerships.

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Chevrolet Camaro And Corvette Q3 2023 Sales

As for the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car, sales are up 28.7 percent compared to 2022 at 24,688 units YTD. However, despite the slew of commemorative editions (and some deals), Camaro sales were down 7.2 percent for Q3 2023, moving just 7,351 units between July and September. Sales-wise, the Camaro was once again behind the C8 Corvette, which tallied 8,409 sales, and 25,438 units so far for the year. Corvette production and deliveries have been tamped due to ongoing supply chain issues, especially on the carbon-fiber intensive Corvette Z06.

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Horses Leaving The Barn

Camaro production is expected to end even before the Charger and Challenger, at the beginning of December. The UAW strike threatens this short production run even more so, while the Canadian Unifor negotiations threaten production of the Dodge muscle cars, as they’re built out of Brampton, Ontario.

Next year, the muscle car sales chart is going to look exceptionally desolate, as just the S650 Ford Mustang and C8 Corvette will remain on sale in 2024. That is unless Dodge debuts a new Charger and Challenger soon, which appears highly likely. As for a new Chevrolet Camaro, well, we’re likely going to have to wait much longer.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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