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2011 Was the Year of the Camaro

The Camaro was the most popular sports car in the U.S. last year.

Chevrolet Camaro: 88,249. Ford Mustang: 70,438. This is the final result for the 2011 model year sales numbers and it's also the most intriguing matchup in the American car market. The Mustang, first on the market in mid-1964, is just two years older than the Camaro but that is irrelevant in this case. Last year in the battle for supremacy in the pony car segment, the Camaro beat the Mustang hands down with a sales gain compared to the Mustang's decrease in sales. The gap between the two most popular pony cars grew to 17,811 units.

The Camaro held a 37 percent market share compared to the Mustang's 27 percent. In third place came Detroit's third largest automaker Chrysler with their Dodge Challenger and its sales of 39,534 units. The Honda CR-Z was the most successful foreign sports car with sales of 11,330 units, with only a 5 percent market share. The Hyundai Veloster finished fifth with 9,284 cars. German built sports cars also finished the year off decently well, considering the economic environment. The Porsche 911 had 6,016 sales, the BMW 6-Series with 3,903 sales and the BMW Z4 finished off with 3,479 units sold.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK sold 3,220 units. However, the Chevrolet Corvette was the top selling luxury sports car in the U.S., with 13,164 units sold. USA! USA! Photos displayed are of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.

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