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Key sales details for some of America’s most popular muscle cars are in and they don’t paint a pretty picture for the Chevrolet Camaro.

Last year, Chevrolet sold a total of 29,775 Camaros, a 38.3 per cent drop from 2019. Of course, with the ongoing pandemic impacting the industry, it’s not much of a surprise that sales have slipped, but such a significant decline doesn’t make for easy reading, especially not for General Motors executives. In fact it’s quite disheartening when compared with sales of the Dodge Challenger.

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In 2020, Dodge managed to sell 52,955 examples of the Challenger. That’s a great number considering the third-generation Challenger has been on sale since 2008, although it is still 13 per cent down from sales in 2019. Interestingly, Motor1 notes that Challenger sales rose by 2 per cent in the fourth quarter compared to Q4 2019, while final quarter sales of the Chevrolet Camaro dropped by 34 per cent.

Ford hasn’t yet announced sales details for the Mustang but it had sold 47,637 examples as of October 2020, a 14 per cent drop from the year prior. In all likelihood, it will have eclipsed the 52,955 Challenger sales and reign supreme over the muscle car market.

Details about the future of the current-generation Camaro remain unconfirmed, but some rumors suggest it could stick around until 2026. If that’s the case, Chevy will have to find a way (maybe with some special editions) to drum up consumer interest in the car.


As autonomous driving technology becomes more prevalent, the distinctions between various systems are increasingly important.

SAE International has been a driving force behind this as their definitions for automation were first released in 2014. They’ve been updated since then, and now range from relatively ‘dumb’ cars at Level 0 to fully autonomous Level 5 vehicles that can “drive everywhere in all conditions.”

However, some companies use generic terms such as “self-driving.” Tesla is the most obvious example and they even admit “currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous.”

Also Read: German Court Rules Tesla’s Autopilot Claims Misled Consumers

Safety groups have called for changes and now Waymo has announced they’ll stop referring to their vehicles as “self-driving.” Instead, the company will use “more deliberate language” when talking about their autonomous driving technology.

Waymo went on to say “It may seem like a small change, but it’s an important one, because precision in language matters and could save lives.” The company added they’re hopeful the new terminology will “differentiate the fully autonomous technology Waymo is developing from driver-assist technologies – sometimes erroneously referred to as “self-driving” technologies – that require oversight from licensed human drivers.”

Waymo criticized automakers who incorrectly use “self-driving” and noted this can give consumers a false impression of a vehicle’s capabilities. This, in turn, can to lead to dangerous behaviors such as not paying attention, falling asleep behind the wheel or filming a video from the passenger seat.

As part of the effort, Waymo has renamed their public education campaign “Let’s Talk Autonomous Driving.”  It was previously known as Let’s Talk Self-Driving, but the new site is still littered with references to “self-driving.”

 

Ford abandoned plans to bring the Focus Active to America, but the company hasn’t given up on crossover-inspired wagons.

That’s clear today as spy photographers snapped an interesting prototype which has been tentatively dubbed the Fusion / Mondeo Active.

While the model is heavily disguised, it features a stylish grille with a three-dimensional mesh-like pattern. On either side are slender LED lighting units, which are presumably daytime running lights and turn signals.

Also Read: New Ford Fusion / Mondeo Prototype Spied As Crossover-Inspired Wagon

The bold design continues further back as there’s sleek bodywork and flush-mounted door handles. We can also see a rakish windscreen which flows into a sloping roof that continues all the way to the rear end. This gives the model a sportback-like appearance and it was presumably done to appease wagon hating Americans.

Elsewhere, we can see large wheels and a generous amount of ground clearance. The prototype also sports roof rails and eye-catching red brake calipers.

The cabin is barely visible in the spy photos, but a revealing image surfaced last month showing a nearly full-width screen. It will likely be broken up into three different sections including a digital instrument cluster, an infotainment system and an entertainment screen for the front passenger.  Putting that aside, there were also minimalist air vents and what appeared to be a rotary shifter.

Ford has been tight-lipped about the upcoming model, but previous reports have suggested it could be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. There have also been rumors about a plug-in hybrid variant, but we’ll likely learn more later this year.

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