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Dodge Challenger Poised to be the Best-Selling Sports for the First Time Ever This Year

For the first time in its history, the Dodge Challenger challenges the Ford Mustang in sales


  • The Ford Mustang has long held the title of the best-selling sports car in the US.

  • Based on Q3 sales, the Challenger is ahead of the Stang by a slim margin.

  • The Camaro is a distant third.


The three American pony cars have been at each other’s throats for more than 50 years. Despite numerous efforts and impressive high-performance versions, the Dodge Challenger has never managed to outsell the segment’s innovator.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The Ford Mustang has led segment sales forever but that’s about to change in 2021. At this point in 2020, the Mustang had a commanding lead in sales but 2021 has been tough for Ford. 2020 Q3 deliveries had the Mustang leading the Challenger at 47,637 vs. 38,350 for the Challenger. This year, the Dodge leads the way with 44,142 units vs. 41,065 for the Ford according to Carsalesbase.

Impressively, sales in the sports car segment have increased, by all of 1%. Of the 171,000 sold in the US so far, 73% belong to the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Corvette, and Camaro. The latter has not experienced a good 2021 either as its numbers keep dropping, from 22,226 in 2020 to 15,084 in 2021.

Here are the top 10 compact sports car sellers so far in 2021:

Compact sports car segment2021 – Q1-Q32020 – Q1-Q3Change2021 Share2020 Share
1Dodge Challenger44.14238.35015%35,0%27,6%
2Ford Mustang41.06547.637-14%32,5%34,3%
3Chevrolet Camaro15.08422.226-32%12,0%16,0%
4Mazda MX-5 Miata9.6086.65244%7,6%4,8%
5Toyota Supra5.8253.79853%4,6%2,7%
6Porsche 7183.1651.95662%2,5%1,4%
7Hyundai Veloster1.7406.585-74%1,4%4,7%
8BMW Z41.7242.175-21%1,4%1,6%
9Toyota 861.0441.968-47%0,8%1,4%
10Fiat 124 Spider9321.385-33%0,7%1,0%

 

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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