"We challenge any company to bring two cars to compete" The Corvette and Camaro dominate sports car sales in 2011.
We've always known that Chevy is America's performance brand, but after wrapping up 2011 we're proud to give you some facts and figures about just how well received the Camaro and Corvette were in 2011. Did you know that this past year, the duo accounted for 1 in every 3 sports cars sold in the United States? That's right.. 37% of all sports cars sold were American made. Over 88,200 Camaros were sold, and just over 13,000 Corvettes were sold.
"And we challenge any company to bring two cars to compete with the Corvette ZR1 and the Camaro ZL1, dollar for dollar. They will discover what enthusiasts already know - that Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette are the world's best performance cars for the money" said GM North American President Mark Reuss
So, speaking of challengers? How did GM's performance cars stack up against the competition? Let's take a look.
Top 5 Sports Cars by 2011 Total Sales and Market Share
Car - Units Sold - Market Share
1. Chevrolet Camaro - ?88,249 Units - 37%
2. Ford Mustang = 70,438 - 29%
3. Dodge Challenger - 39,534 - 16%
4. Honda CR-Z - 11,330 - 5%
5. Hyundai Veloster - 9,284 - 4%
Now let's take a look at how the Corvette did in the Luxury Sports car class
Top 5 Luxury Sports Cars by 2011 Total Sales and Market Share
1. Chevrolet Corvette - 13,164 - 28%
2. Porsche 911 - 6,016 - 13%
3. BMW 6-Series - 3,903 - 8%
4. BMW Z4 - 3,479 - 7%
5. Mercedes SLK - 3,220 - 7%
Not did the Corvette beat out what you think of when you think "luxury" but it DOUBLED the nearest competitor. Just incase that's still not enough of a reason to accept that Chevrolet has taken it's place at the top of the sports car market back, take a look at this!
To demonstrate the capabilities of the dynamic duo, they took the track at the "Grand Course" aka Virginia International Raceway with no modifications. These were stock cars. In a stock 2012 Corvette ZR1 Jim Mero lapped the course in 2:45.6 - faster than ANY published lap time of a production car. The 2012 Camaro ZL1 lapped the course in 2:52.4 - six seconds faster than the lap time of the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500. This wasn't enough to show that the new trim level of the Camaro was the real deal though. GM wanted more. The ZL1 handled "The Green Hell" aka Nurburgring's "Nordschleife" track. For those of you unfamiliar with the course, if a car can finish in 10 minutes, it's considered to be great, in 8 minutes is considered fantastic. The Camaro ZL1 finished the course in 7:41.27. Enough Said.
To see either of these fantastic cars, give us a call at 330-SWEENEY, or stop in at 8010 Market Street. Please note, that the ZL1 doesn't go on sale for a couple weeks, but we do have several other models of Camaro.
Here's our dealerships Corvette ZR1 Centennial Edition:
And take your first look at the all new Camaro ZL1: