Sales of sports cars in the US were down 2% in 2019 as this type of vehicle accounts for 1.6% of the total US car market with fewer than 270,000 deliveries, of which more than two thirds (67.4%, down from 70% in 2018) were one of the three American muscle cars Mustang, Challenger or Camaro. These three are in a continuous battle for the title of America’s best selling sports car and the Mustang has been in the lead since 2016 while the Challenger knocked down the Camaro to grab the #2 spot in 2018 and stayed there in 2019. Just the Chevrolet Corvette and the Hyundai Veloster manage more than 10,000 annual sales in the US with the rest all below that threshold. [Read more…]
Car sales statistics for the large sports car segment in the US, updated every quarter.
Segment decline continues as BMW Z4 fails to make up for losses elsewhere
Sales in the US Mid-sized Sports segment fell by 8.6% to 98,360 in the first half of 2019, a slightly slower rate of decline than the 10.6% the segment recorded in 2018, but a substantial fall nonetheless. Much of this is driven by the big three US muscle cars (Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger), which continue in the market [Read more…]
Porsche Cayman soars and Chevy Camaro drops as segment decline continues
Sales in the US Mid-sized Sports segment fell by 11.5% to 110,646 in the first half of 2018, as the segment’s moderate decline continued unabated, with the big three muscle cars (Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger) remaining unchanged in 2018. While the second half of the year will see the release of the new [Read more…]
Segment continues shrinking, with only the evergreen Challenger and the new Porsches registering sales growth
Sales in the US Mid-sized Sports segment fell by 11.0% to 51,950 in the first quarter of 2018, continuing the trend that began with the 13.9% sales decline in 2017. With no updates coming for the American big three muscle (Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger) in 2018, the segment is unlikely to recover in 2018. [Read more…]
Dodge Challenger is the only model not to lose sales as Ford Mustang’s sales drop drives segment decline
Sales in the sports mid-sized segment fell by 10.4% to 49,761 in the fourth quarter of 2017, while overall sales in 2017 fell by 13.9% to 231,161. With only one model seeing its sales rise last year it’s fair to say that the segment has seen better days, and with no new updates coming for the American big three muscle (Ford Mustang, [Read more…]
The segment and the new Ford Mustang continue their double-digit declines
Sales in the Mid-sized Sports segment continued falling in the third quarter of 2017 as they had so far this year, resulting in a YTD fall of 14.9%. As we had mentioned before, while the headline figure is mainly the result in falling popularity for the segment leader Ford Mustang, in fact most cars in the segment, even the newest ones, have seen their popularity fall in 2017 so far. Clearly the allure of alternative “emotional purchases” such as 4-door “coupes” (BMW 4-series GranCoupe, Audi A5 Sportback) and sporty SUVs (BMW X4, Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, Porsche Macan) is eating into the traditional segment in which rich 50- and 60-year-olds used to treat themselves.
Lexus LC enjoys a strong market debut to rank fourth in Q2’17 standings, while Porsche 911 continues to lose salesSales of Large Sports Cars and Exotics fell by 2.6% in the second quarter of 2017, a slower pace of decline than the 10.4% registered in 2016, or the 5.5% registered in the first quarter of the year. Could this be a sign that the segment is going through a bit of a resurgence? As we previously mentioned, this segment had undergone a huge growth in years past, so the recent declines come from a heady height, and suggest the segment may simply be stabilizing at a sort of “good times” average size, before once again shrinking drastically when the next recession hits (such is the fate of a segment where most cars sell for well over $100,000).
Ford Mustang keeps losing sales as Chevy Camaro rebounds
Sales in the Mid-sized Sports segment fell by 14.5% so far in 2017, a reflection mainly on the dwindling popularity of the mighty Ford Mustang. However, while the headline figure is bad but not horrible, what should be more worrying is the fact that the segment has plenty of new cars such as Chevrolet Camaro, Audi TT, or the Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman twins, after an early rise their sales have all declined recently. What’s more, Dodge seems to be doing wonders with the Challenger, given how old that model is, but even that can’t last forever.
Sales of Large Sports Cars and Exotics fell by 5.5% in the first quarter of 2017, following a 10.4% decline in 2016. Total volume in this segment stood at 11,370 in Q1. And there’s not a lot of product news expected this year, so the decline is expected to last throughout the year. Then again, keep in mind the segment peaked at over 60,000 sales in 2015, when it almost doubled up in just 3 years time, so small declines after such an impressive growth curve are nothing to be ashamed of, especially on the lack of product news, as mentioned. We do welcome two newcomers to the segment compared to Q1 of last year, but both are still at the bottom of the ranking: the second generation Acura NSX and the all-new Ford GT.
Sales in the Sports Large and Exotics segment fell by 10.4 percent in 2016 to 54,994, about a third lower than they were a decade ago. The segment’s prospects for 2017 are rather bleak: not only right now it seems that there will be no big new debuts in this segment in the coming year, the early indication is that customers are not very keen on the new, turbocharged iteration of one of the mainstays of the segment: Porsche 911.
Note: going forward, the segments Sports Large and Exotics have been merged, partly to align the US reporting with that for Europe, and partly because data for the old Exotic segment became very thin ever since sales estimates for the truly exotic brands (Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini) became unavailable.