Sales in the Large Sports segment in the US fell by 20% in Q1 2016 to 11,091 vehicles, with every model but the Jaguar F-Type losing sales. While the facelifted Porsche 911 and Mercedes-Benz SL, as well as the new Audi R8, may bring back some positive growth to the segment later in the year, they may be unable to compensate for the drop-off in sales for the one model that sells more than the rest of the cars in the segment: Chevy Corvette.
Highlights in Q1 2016:
- Sales of Chevy Corvette fell by 25%, but it still remained the undisputed leader of the segment, selling almost three times as many units as the second-placed Porsche 911, whose sales also dropped (by 14%) as customers await the facelifted turbo-only model
- Jaguar F-Type, the only bright spot in the segment, saw its sales rise by 6% to 1,124, though that is still only a little over half of what the 911 sells
- In anticipation of the incoming facelift sales of Mercedes-Benz SL fell by 15%, though the company will be happy to note its new Mercedes-AMG GT model keeps selling well-enough for fifth spot
- Sales of both the Nissan GT-R and Audi R8 seemingly collapsed, with falls of 59% and 84%, respectively, but while the latter will soon pick more sales as the Mk II model goes on sale, the GT-R will be left fighting for scraps with only the slightest of facelifts, as forgotten as the other Nissan sports car, the 370Z