Sales of exotic cars in Europe increased 3% in 2019 to 7,368 units, which is the highest annual sales volume since 2008. After the Ferrari 488 led the ranking for two years, the Bentley Continental GT has reclaimed the segment crown it used to hold, thanks to the new generation. The Continental GT has its highest annual sales in Europe since 2008 after peaking at over 2,800 sales in 2007, while the 488 is down 17% and the #3 Aston Martin DB11 is down 20% to drop below 1,000 annual sales for the first time since its launch in 2017. That allows the Ferrari 812 Superfast to close in, just 41 sales from on a podium finish, and with the highest annual sales for any V12 Ferrari ever in Europe. It leapfrogs the Lamborghini Huracan, down 24% as the Huracan Evo facelift was launched this year. Its sibling Lamborghini Aventador is up 2% to a new annual sales record, and also the highest annual sales for any V12 Lamborghini in Europe ever. The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera finds almost 500 buyers which beats the Ferrari GTC4Lusso, down 36%. Rolls Royce is in trouble with its cheaper models as both the Dawn and Wraith are down by 35% or more.
2019 Exotic car sales Europe
|Exotic car segment||2019||2018||Change|
|1||Bentley Continental GT / GTC||2.142||1.402||53%|
|2||Ferrari 488 GTB||1.340||1.610||-17%|
|3||Aston Martin DB11||855||1.068||-20%|
|4||Ferrari 812 Superfast||814||534||52%|
|7||Aston Martin DBS Superleggera||488||52||838%|
|9||Rolls Royce Dawn||120||194||-38%|
|10||Rolls Royce Wraith||102||157||-35%|
|11||Aston Martin Vanquish||51||290||-82%|
Large Sports car segment
Sales of large sports cars are stable at over 31,000 units in 2019, which is the highest annual sales volume for the class since 2008. The segment best seller Porsche 911 is down 4% but still holds more than 50% share of the class, selling more than triple of its nearest rival, which is now the Mercedes-AMG GT, up 58% to a new annual sales record for the model after three years of increased sales. The four-door version undoubtedly helps sales of the GT, which allows it to leapfrog the Jaguar F-Type, which is down 21% to its lowest annual sales since its launch in 2013, just before a major update in 2020. The Ferrari Portofino doubles the volume from its introduction year, but this is still below the record from its predecessor California which peaked at 1,395 in 2010. The BMW i8 is down 28% after jumping in 2018 thanks to an update, while the Aston Martin Vantage is up 32% to the nameplate’s highest annual sales since 2010 but far below its record of over 2,300 sales in 2006 and 2007. The Audi R8 is down 13% in the third consecutive year of declines to its second lowest annual sales, after the 859 sales in 2014, while the Mercedes-Benz SL is down 6% in its seventh consecutive year of declines to its absolute lowest annual sales. The Lexus LC peaked briefly but is already down by more than half, and Maserati’s aging sports cars GranTurismo and GranCabrio are down by 27% or more in their last full year of sales. The Honda NSX sold an average of just 3 cars per month in all of Europe.
2019 large sports car sales Europe
|Large sports car segment||2019||2018||Change|
|6||Aston Martin V8/V12 Vantage||1.029||778||32%|
Small Sports car segment
The small sports car segment is up a promising 12% to nearly 69,500 sales in 2019, but this is the third-lowest annual sales volume in a few decades, after 2014 and 2015. The Mazda MX-5 is the long-time class leader and stays on top with a 1% increase to the nameplate’s second-best annual sales since 2008, after 2017 when it was just renewed. The Audi TT is up 11% on what was its second-worst sales year to consolidate its second place ahead of the Ford Mustang, up 2%. The BMW Z4 is back and lands in fourth place with nearly 9,700 sales which is the nameplate’s best year since 2010 and ahead of the Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman, down 11%. The class leader’s clone Fiat 124 Spider is down 39% in its last full year of sales. In contrast, in its first full year of sales, the reborn Alpine A110 finds nearly 4,400 buyers, which means it outsells its main rival Porsche Cayman. The Mercedes-Benz SLC is down 23% to the lowest annual sales for it and its SLK predecessor ever. The Chevrolet Camaro is down 3% on its second-best ever year in Europe, and the Toyota GT86 is down 26% in its sixth consecutive year of declines while its clone Subaru BRZ is surprisingly up 15%. The Nissan 370Z sets a new low annual sales in Europe, Lotus keeps sales of its two best sellers relatively stable, while Alfa Romeo sees sales of the 4C cut down by half.
2019 small sports car sales Europe
|Compact sports car segment||2019||2018||Change|
|5||Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman||7.292||8.202||-11%|
|6||Fiat 124 Spider||4.717||7.698||-39%|
|15||Alfa Romeo 4C||201||421||-52%|
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