La Dodge Challenger ha 10 anni, ma vende di più adesso di quando ha debuttato

La Dodge Challenger ha 10 anni, ma vende di più adesso di quando ha debuttato
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Il 2019 è stato un anno eccezionale per la Dodge Challenger, anche per via di qualche bella soddisfazione per quel che riguarda la storia e naturale rivalità con la Camaro e le Mustang. Eppure parliamo di un veicolo che comincia ad avere davvero un sacco di anni. Anni che evidentemente porta molto bene, basta vedere alle performance di vendita.

Il dato è questo, ed è abbastanza incredibile: oggi la Dodge Challenger vende oltre il doppio di quanto facesse nel 2009, anno di debutto del veicolo. Con la pubblicazione dei dati relativi all'ultimo quadrimestre del 2019 da parte di FCA sappiamo che durante l'intero anno passato sono state vendute 60.997 Dodge Challenger, di cui 14.298 nel periodo che va da settembre a dicembre.

Il numero non è eccessivamente distante da quello del 2018, ma è sicuramente impressionante se lo si compara con i primi anni di esordio del veicolo sul mercato. Nel 2009 sono state vendute 25.852 Dodge Challenger. Certo, va anche preso in considerazione che il 2009 è stato l'anno immediatamente successivo al fallimento di Lehman Brothers, con gli USA nel pieno della recessione più grave dal 1920 ad oggi. Non proprio l'anno ideale per far debuttare un'auto sportiva particolarmente esigente in termini di carburante.

Ciò non toglie che FCA con la Dodge Challenger sia riuscita nell'impossibile, ha creato un'auto in grado di farsi valere per un decennio pieno, non semplicemente mantenendosi costante negli anni, ma portando avanti una vera e propria crescita impressionante. Quello della Challenger è un caso più unico che raro per l'automotive. Evidentemente ci sono auto che, molto semplicemente, non hanno una data di scadenza.

Ora si festeggia anche il 50esimo anniversario del modello, non manca un'edizione speciale ovviamente.

The Dodge Challenger is a muscle car that’s been around in its current form since 2008, and has roots in 1990s Mercedes-Benz architecture. But Dodge sold more than twice the number of Challengers in the U.S. market in 2019 as it did in 2009, when the car still qualified as “new.” That makes the Dodge Challenger a modern marketing marvel, both for its sheer sales numbers and for making us all perpetually forget how old it is. Fiat Chrysler announced its Q4 and annual sales results on Friday, which listed Challenger sales at 14,298 quarterly and 60,997 annually. That’s roughly where sales were in 2018 as well, but the more important comparisons come when you look toward the beginning of the decade, around the time when the Challenger returned to the market for the 2008 model year. Back then, when the car was actually “new” to the U.S. market, sales were less than half of what they are now. Here’s how Challenger sales have trended over the years, which can be easily summarized as “up”: Data: FCA sales reports (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) Data: FCA sales reports (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) Sales of the also-old Charger have risen, too, but not as much. The company sold 60,651 of them during the 2009 calendar year, compared to 96,935 in 2019. The Challenger came to the U.S. market at a hard time for gas-guzzling fun cars, because it was just around the Great Recession. But the fact that it’s managed to not just stay relevant for more than a decade, but more than double its U.S. sales numbers, is a testament to just how obsessed we all are with wasteful, old, no-care muscle cars so long as Dodge keeps tossing more special editions and drag-strip monsters toward us. As of the first quarter of 2019, Challenger sales were ahead of the Chevy Camaro but behind the Ford Mustang, and the average buyer age for the car was 51. No matter which crowds or age groups are buying the Challenger, though, it’s still being bought—by a whole lot of people. That’s a wild statistic for a vehicle so similar to the one that was on the market more than a decade ago, especially when the modern car industry claims to be all about “future technology” and “mobility.”The Dodge Challenger is a muscle car that’s been around in its current form since 2008, and has roots in 1990s Mercedes-Benz architecture. But Dodge sold more than twice the number of Challengers in the U.S. market in 2019 as it did in 2009, when the car still qualified as “new.” That makes the Dodge Challenger a modern marketing marvel, both for its sheer sales numbers and for making us all perpetually forget how old it is. Fiat Chrysler announced its Q4 and annual sales results on Friday, which listed Challenger sales at 14,298 quarterly and 60,997 annually. That’s roughly where sales were in 2018 as well, but the more important comparisons come when you look toward the beginning of the decade, around the time when the Challenger returned to the market for the 2008 model year. Back then, when the car was actually “new” to the U.S. market, sales were less than half of what they are now. Here’s how Challenger sales have trended over the years, which can be easily summarized as “up”: Data: FCA sales reports (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) Data: FCA sales reports (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) Sales of the also-old Charger have risen, too, but not as much. The company sold 60,651 of them during the 2009 calendar year, compared to 96,935 in 2019. The Challenger came to the U.S. market at a hard time for gas-guzzling fun cars, because it was just around the Great Recession. But the fact that it’s managed to not just stay relevant for more than a decade, but more than double its U.S. sales numbers, is a testament to just how obsessed we all are with wasteful, old, no-care muscle cars so long as Dodge keeps tossing more special editions and drag-strip monsters toward us. As of the first quarter of 2019, Challenger sales were ahead of the Chevy Camaro but behind the Ford Mustang, and the average buyer age for the car was 51. No matter which crowds or age groups are buying the Challenger, though, it’s still being bought—by a whole lot of people. That’s a wild statistic for a vehicle so similar to the one that was on the market more than a decade ago, especially when the modern car industry claims to be all about “future technology” and “mobility.”

FONTE: Jalopnik
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