Sales figures for the month of February, 2018 are in, revealing that the Dodge Charger and Challenger have floated to the top of the food chain in the competitive pony/muscle car category. Dodge sold 7,568 Chargers (up 9.2% year-over-year) and 6,093 Challengers (down 0.3%) through the month, which was enough that both models came in above the Ford Mustang with 5,800 unit sales, and crushed the Chevrolet Camaro at 3,680 sales.
With winter weather still in effect across much of the country, the Dodge Charger and Challenger both may have been helped by their respective clutch-based-AWD models, which lend some extra traction when the road gets slick. Yet that doesn’t tell the whole story, as both sporty Dodge cars sold significantly slower last month, with Fiat Chrysler moving 5,193 Chargers through January, and only 3,405 Challengers. Those Challenger sales were about on par with January’s sales last year, although the Charger sold in far greater numbers in January, 2017.
Regardless, February’s sales put the Dodge Challenger just behind the Ford Mustang in the sales race so far this year, with 9,498 Challengers sold to the Mustang’s 10,532 unit sales. The Dodge Charger, although not a direct competitor given its four doors and larger footprint, is ahead of even the Mustang, with 12,761 examples sold through the first two months of 2018.
The balance will likely shift in the months ahead, as more of the country thaws out and moves into more Mustang-/Camaro-friendly weather, but for now, Mopar fans can celebrate.