George Pipas, Ford's sales analyst, told a group of reporters this week the automaker isn't concerned that the Chevrolet Camaro will outsell the Mustang this year for the first time since 1985.

Through November, Ford sold 68,264 Mustangs. Chevy had sold 75,685 Camaros. This despite the Mustang coming in both Coupe and Convertible flavors. Dodge's Challenger is farther back in the pack at 33,461 units sold through November.


Pipas told reporters this week that "If that was important, we wouldn't have taken a shift off at Flat Rock," the Michigan factory that builds the Mustang, he said.

What this means is twofold — first, that Ford's more interested in making profits than with pride. At this point, that's a good thing if you ask us — up until the point they begin putting profits above sensibility — like if they go and brand a Ford Focus crossover as a Bronco, for example. GM's been down that road before, let's hope Ford doesn't follow them.

Secondly, it's great because for the first time in 25 years, there's actually competition in the muscle car category — and competition's good for everyone, right?