Car sales statistics for the compact sports car segment in the US, updated every quarter.

US sales 2016 Premium Small Sports segment

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Sales in the Small Premium Sports segment fell yet again in 2016, this time by 1.8 percent, making it one of the segments that have seen the most consecutive years of decline (others that share this dubious distinction are the Large and Alternative Power segments). All in all, the segment is only about half of the size it was a decade ago, when BMW Z4 on its own sold almost as many as the combined number of sales in the segment 2016. The prospects for this segment in 2017 now rest on the incoming BMW Z5 (returning to a soft-top setup), and how well the customers will take to the newly-facelifted Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman (now with the “718” prefix), and whether the new Audi TT can continue growing its sales.

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US sales 2016 Small Sports segment

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Sales in the Small Sports segment fell by 6.5 percent in 2016 to 319,406 – a useful 40 percent higher than during the sector’s low in 2009, but still some 30 percent below where the segment was a decade ago. The decline is faster than for the Premium Small Sports segment, but almost identical to that for the Premium Large segment. The segment’s prospects don’t look that great for 2017, either: the big-selling new muscle-cars are losing customers (Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro), many of the models are getting on in age but are unlikely to be replaced anytime soon as manufacturers put their efforts and resources into SUVs (Dodge Challenger, Nissan 370Z, Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ), while the demise of the Scion brand will see the end of the well-selling Scion tC. Probably the only truly new model that will arrive in 2017 will be the new Toyota Supra, co-developed by the Japanese brand with BMW.

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US sales Q1-Q3 2016 Small Premium Sports segment

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Sales in the Small Premium Sports segment fell by 9 percent in the third quarter of 2016, bringing the overall sales growth for the year down to 3 percent. Still, this is a much better performance than either the Sports Small segment (down 6 percent) or the Sports Large segment (down 13 percent). The prospects for this segment rest on how the public will like the newly-facelifted Porsche Boxster and Cayman (now with the “718” prefix), as well as the continued increase in popularity of the new Audi TT.

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US sales Q1-Q3 2016 Small Sports segment

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Sales in the Small Sports segment declined by 4 percent in the third quarter of 2016, a recovery after the 15 percent decline recorded in the second quarter of the year. This means that the segment did better than the Sports Large segment but not as well as the Small Premium Sports segment, the only one of the three to record a rise in sales so far this year.

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US sales first half 2016 Small Premium Sports segment

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Sales in the Small Premium Sports segment in the US rose by 18.4% in Q2 of 2016 for a first half increase of 11.4% to 7,435 vehicles. This is the exact opposite of the mainstream Small Sports Car segment, where sales plummeted 15% in Q2. The segment leader Mercedes-Benz SLK, in the process of being facelifted and simultaneously renamed SLC loses its pole position to the Porsche Cayman, and barely manages to stay ahead of the new generation Audi TT.

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US sales first half 2016 Small Sports segment

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Sales in the Small Sports segment in the US declined by 7% in the first half of 2016 to 172,040 vehicles. After showing a 3% growth in Q1, sales in the segment plunged by 15% in Q2. Shock and horror in the model ranking: the Chevrolet Camaro, leader of the American Muscle cars from 2010 till 2014 before relegating that title to the new generation Ford Mustang, has been outsold in Q2 of 2016 by the Dodge Challenger for the first time since the launch of the fifth generation Camaro in 2009. The Challenger, whose current third generation was launched in 2008 has edged out the Camaro in two separate months before (March and October 2015, each time by less than 160 sales), but in the second quarter the Challenger beat its rival in both May and June for a total advantage of 1,360 sales, giving it a Q2 advangate of 315 sales. The Camaro had built enough of an advantage in the first four months to stay ahead for the first half, but Dodge has smelt blood and the battle is on for second place in the segment.

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US sales Q1 2016 Small Premium Sports segment

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Sales in the Small Premium Sports segment in the US rose by 3% in Q1 2016 to 3,395 vehicles – exactly the same rate of growth as the Small Sports segment, as well as the industry as a whole. There is some hope for higher growth for the segment on the horizon, with the facelifted Porsche 718s (Cayman and Boxster) and Mercedes-Benz SLC (nee SLK) hitting the market, while sales of the Audi TT keep ramping up.

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US sales Q1 2016 Small Sports segment

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Sales in the Small Sports segment in the US rose by 3% in Q1 2016 to 82,328 vehicles – exactly the same rate of growth as the Small Premium Sports segment, as well as the industry as a whole. With the new Mazda MX-5 gaining sales, and the entry of the Buick Cascada, the growth rate would have been higher were it not for the falling sales of the two Scion models, ahead of the brands closure later this year. As the brand stops selling cars sales in this segment will probably fall later in the year, though that may be partially offset by sales of the new Chevy Camaro coming fully on stream.

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US sales 2015 Small Premium Sports segment

US Small Sports PremiumSales of Small Premium Sports Cars in the US shrank by 6% in 2015 to 14,652 units, helped by a 15% increase in the last quarter, as sales were down by 20% in the first half and still down 10% in Q3. The new generation Audi TT is to thank for the recovery, as the outgoing model sold just 60 units in Q4 of 2014, but the new one arrived in showrooms last August and sold 647 units in the last three months of 2015, which is almost as many as the Porsche Boxster. Porsche has two models in this segment, in 2nd and 3rd place, although they’ve switched places last year. The Cayman coupe was up 4% while the Boxster roadster lost 20% of its volume as the updated “718 Boxster” is making its way into showrooms early 2016.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Small Sports segment

US Small SportsThe Sports Car Small segment grew by 13% in 2015 to 341,924 sales, as two all-American muscle cars showed nice improvements. The Ford Mustang has finally reclaimed the segment leadership it lost to the then-new Chevrolet Camaro in 2010, as the Mustang has just been completely renewed and the Camaro was due for a facelift. The Mustang enjoyed a 48% growth to over 120,000 sales, its highest volume since 2007. Meanwhile, the Camaro was down 10%, dipping below 80,000 sales for the first time since its introduction year 2009. That has given the Dodge Challenger the opportunity to close in, as it scores a record volume in its 7th year on the market. The halo-effect of the 707-hp Hellcat version is to thank for turning this into a three-horse race now, after having trailed the other two ever since its launch.… Continue Reading …