i have a few things to say on this issue....
i go to Kettering, previously GMI (general motors institute) and i work in the auto industry for a tier 1 supplier to the big 3 (gm, ford, chrysler if u didnt know) and others. anyways....
i own a 2004 mustang gt, modded, i whup stock camaro z28's and ss's but if they slap on a cold air and a bigger throttle body, maybe a programmer too, im doomed. im not gonna lie.
the reason fords kicking ass with the mustang is #1 it looks enough like the old ones to create a nostalgia fee, but it looks modern and cool enough and its cheap enough for people to buy now.
the gto will die off, its looks suck, its 400hp 6.0L engine in that car beats the 300 hp 4.6L in the 05 mustang by .1 seconds in the 1/4 mile and .1 seconds 0-60. wow, plus the mustangs cheaper (i know cause i priced out a GTO too thought about it till i drove one)
the 07 camaro is pretty cool, but i think its sales will suffer. first of all, it looks WAY too much like a corvette with a flat front end. also, the freakin front looks like SH I T! its headlights are horribly ugly. if their recent concepts are what they are planning on producing, gm could be in a LOT more trouble than they already are. plus, they are gonna slap the 6.0 in it, and it again is gonna cost 30+ grand when someone will at that point be able to get a brand new mustang gt for sub 25g and it will be .1 second slower than it again. if only i had a job at gm, i would walk up to lutz and tell him my ideas......too bad i didnt even apply there cause if they dont change a LOT freakin hyundai is gonna surpass them in sales for christs sake
its too bad the monaro is dying....but to tell you the truth, austrailia has more sports cars than here from OEM's. ok we get the ford taurus, and you get that decked out [email protected]
$$ supercharged 4 door car from ford, i forgot what its called, but its not even offered here and ive seen reviews on it and people down under seem to love it....its kinda like how europe often gets some cooler bikes than here (in my opinion)
but on that subject, i was VERY into cars as a kid too, and when i saw the first concept for the gto (i was maybe 16 or 17, not that long ago) i said "holy crap, thats a holden!" and i actually knew what holden was, and my dad was like what? but anyways, i thought it was gonna be really freakin cool at first, till i drove it. i was like....wow, im gonna go buy a 2004 mustang (which i love the looks of over the new ones) and i ended up stealing it from the dealer (not literally) after my work discount and all the cash back promos, so i was like.....sweeeeeeeeeeet.
anyways, point to my story is ford created so much hype about the mustang, and they followed through. thats why sales for mustangs are up 47% from last year, and used sales on mustangs are up like 20 some %. yes, used 04 and older ones are up in sales. everyone wants a mustang. now if gm can create that much hype about the camaro in 07, and really FOLLOW through with it, they should have a solid money maker.
oh yeah, and the 300 and 300C are awesome cars, and how can you say (whoever said it) that sales suck on them, cause sales are actually awesome on them and they got that new srt8 comin out that will hang with stangs and gtos off the shelf....in a big 4 door. its got the 6.0 hemi i think. yeah anyways, i wouldnt knock that car. plus, the sales on the magnum are kickin, and i bet the charger is gonna get some good sales outta it too, its a 4 door sports car that still looks cool, cant beat chryslers functionality and cool points combined together, they are the masters at that.
BTW i heard rumors of chrysler droppin the mitsubishi line....that means no more eclipse
very very disappointing to me.....if it actually happens.