The Dodge Challenger won the Detroit pony car war again in 2022, managing to outperform the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro for the second year in a row. Not bad for a basic design dating back to the 2008 model year.
US sales figures show that Dodge sold 55,060 Challengers in 2022, up about 1% year-on-year.
2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Mustang sales continued to decline. Ford’s total of 47,566 units in 2022 was down 9.2% year over year, which in turn was down 14.2% from 2020. The 2022 figure was the lowest annual total in nameplate history.
The Mustang has traditionally been the fastest horse in the sales race, and it still comes out on top when you count sales of the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover. Sales of the Mach-E increased 45.4% in 2022, with Ford moving 39,458 of the crossovers. Sales of the traditional Mustang could rebound once the redesigned 2024 model hits dealerships.
2022 Chevrolet Camaro (ZL1)
Sales of 24,652 units in 2022 temporarily halted the downward trajectory Chevy’s Camaro has had in recent years. A 12.6% increase over 2021, the growth came despite a lack of major updates to the Camaro. Chevy’s disinterest has fueled rumors that the Camaro will disappear after 2024, with the nameplate potentially being recycled for an electric performance sedan.
As for the Challenger, 2023 will be the last model year of the coupe in its current form. Dodge has launched a series of “Last Call” special editions of the Challenger and its Charger sedan sibling, with the seventh and final Last Call model due to debut in Las Vegas on March 20th. An electric muscle car inspired by the Charger SRT Daytona concept will replace both the Challenger and Charger when it launches in 2024.