The Chevrolet Camaro didn’t start 2022 with a bang. The first quarter saw sales drop 5.3 percent compared to Q1 2021, but sales rebounded in Q2. Chevrolet moved 4,545 models, up 62.8 percent compared to the same period last year and nearly outperforming the Mustang. It’s now up 13.9 percent for the year, but still lags behind the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger.
Blue Oval continued to lead, moving 4,647 models between April 1 and June 30, up 107.5 percent. However, the Mustang remains down for the year, 17.9 percent and 26,244 models sold. The Dodge Challenger is somewhere in between, but much closer to the Mustang than the 11,255 Camaro models sold so far in 2022.
Over the past three months, Dodge moved 14,558 Challengers, which is down 3 percent. The Challenger is down 15 percent for the year, but is just behind the Mustang in overall sales, with 25,682 models moved in the first half of the year.
US auto sales fell across manufacturers during the second quarter, with only Chrysler seeing an increase thanks to a 143 percent increase in Pacifica sales, putting the brand up 95 percent for the quarter. However, the rest of the industry saw no such increase, with Q2 sales dropping 10 to 50 percent depending on the brand. Acura sales fell 51 percent, for example.
Overall Dodge sales are down 30 percent for the quarter and down 33 percent for the year. Chevrolet sales were also down, 10.5 percent for Q2 and 15 percent for the year. Ford’s sales are actually up 30 percent so far, but overall sales for the year are still down 7.9 percent.
Low sales of the Camaro have many wondering if Chevrolet will discontinue it after the 2024 model year. We know Ford is already preparing its next-generation Mustang for its April 17, 2023 reveal. Dodge will drop the Hellcat model from its Challenger lineup after 2023, and we know it’s getting the car ready. electric muscle for 2024, but we don’t know if it’s the next-generation Challenger. The industry faces several challenges, including supply chain issues that affect almost every brand and model.