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As 2015 Mustang Production Begins, the Detroit Horsepower War Intensifies

The 2015 Mustang at the Flat Rock Plant
The 2015 Mustang at the Flat Rock PlantFord Motor Company

Ford Motor Company announced today that production of the 2015 Ford Mustang has begun, officially beginning the next big battle in the Detroit horsepower war. The Mustang will be the first of the next wave of American muscle cars to hit the market, followed by the 2015 Dodge Challenger with its mighty Hellcat trimline coming as the most powerful American production car ever. Finally, the next generation Chevrolet Camaro is expected to debut as a concept within the next 6 months or so and production versions arriving for the 2016 model year.

The 2015 Ford Mustang production began today, but it will likely be some time before the company starts shipping new pony cars from the Flat Rock Michigan Assembly Plant to dealerships and new owners around the country. This is due to what will likely be an aggressive quality control process that will help to minimize the possibility of any problems with the first units of the next generation Mustang. Ford hasn’t offered any concrete date as to when the first models will arrive, but the company has stated that they would arrive this fall.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger is also expected to arrive this fall. In fact, the refreshed Challenger could reach dealerships before the Mustang, but the Mustang will still make a bigger immediate splash – mostly because the 707 horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat model isn’t expected to arrive until after the higher volume models like the SXT, R/T and new Scat Pack trimlines. Even though the Hellcat model won’t account for huge sale volumes, it will be a big blow to Mustang and Camaro fans to have Mopar offering the most powerful muscle car and the most powerful American production car ever. This won’t allow the Challenger to catch Ford or GM in sales, but the 2015 Challenger will most certainly improve sales figures.

Overall, the arrival of the 2015 Ford Mustang will outweigh the arrival of the 2015 Dodge Challenger if for no other reason than the global impact of the new Mustang. The Dodge Challenger is not sold overseas and Chrysler has to plans to launch the brawny muscle car overseas, but the 2015 Mustang is the first Mustang ever to be marketed all over the world. These first units being built today will remain here in the United States, but starting sometime in 2015, FoMoCo will begin shipping new Mustangs to buyers in over 120 other countries around the world.

Finally (for now), the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro should debut at either the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this year or in early 2015 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Provided that we meet the next generation Camaro by January, GM could have the 2016 Camaro on the road before the end of summer or, at the latest, in fall of 2015.

As the three muscle cars continue to battle it out for the title of the bestselling sports model in America, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray continues to destroy every premium sports car sold in America. In fact, Chevrolet sold more Corvettes in July than Porsche sold cars, total. The only sporty cars in American that are selling better than the new Stingray are the Camaro, Mustang and Challenger and with the 2015 models getting even better – there is a chance that GM could have months where they sell more Corvettes than Dodge sells Challengers.