European sales 2014-Q1 exotic and sports car segments

Bentley-Continental-GT-GTC-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeSales of exotic cars in Europe are up slightly in the first three months of 2014, growing 5% after a similar 5% decline over the full year 2013. The compact sports car segment is down again as well, just 2%, while the Jaguar F-type is pushing sales of large sports cars up 13%.

The top of the exotics ranking is stable, with the Bentley Continental GT still in the lead, although the Ferrari 458 Italia is gaining ground, up 12% thanks to the “Speciale” version, compared to an increase of just 3% for the Continental GT.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is also up, despite being in run-out mode until the introduction of the AMG GT “Porsche 911-fighter”. It passes the Ferrari F12 which is down 40% compared to the first quarter of 2014 when it was just introduced and customer deliveries were at full steam.

In sixth place we find a new entrant, the Rolls Royce Wraith, a two-door version of the Ghost “small” sedan and already the best selling Rolls Royce of the moment.

And at the bottom of the chart we see the Bugatti Veyron, of which the last 50 cars will be sold worldwide this year, racking up two European sales, and after 0 registrations last year, the Dutch supercar-maker Spyker has finally sold another car again.

2014 will mark the battle of the hypercars, as deliveries of the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 will start. Production for worldwide markets will be limited to 499, 918 and 375 units respectively, so don’t look for them near the top of the charts.

 Exotic car segment 2014-Q1 2013-Q1 Change
1. Bentley Continental GT/GTC 455 441 3%
2. Ferrari 458 Italia 388 346 12%
3. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 172 147 17%
4. Ferrari F12 109 183 -40%
5. Aston Martin Vanquish 103 136 -24%
6. Rolls Royce Wraith 83 0 new
7. Aston Martin DBS 75 70 7%
8. Lamborghini Aventador 69 58 19%
9. Ferrari FF 55 57 -4%
10. Lamborghini Gallardo 31 36 -14%
11. Bugatti Veyron 2 1 100%
12. Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano 1 2 -50%
13. Spyker 1 0  –
Segment total 1.544 1.477 5%

Note: McLaren only publishes full-year MP4 sales for Europe, so are not included in these statistics.


Jaguar-F-type-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeAs in the full year 2013, the large sports car segment is growing, but only thanks to the introduction of a completely new model, the Jaguar F-type. And as predicted, the F-type charges through the ranking into the second spot, although far behind the traditional leader, the Porsche 911. Surprisingly, the already relatively old Jaguar XK is also up, an amazing 31%. This could either be from the attention the F-type is drawing to Jaguar showrooms, or because of run-out pricing until it is replaced.

The Ferrari California has been passed by its Fiat-Group competitor, the Maserati GranCabrio, but the facelift and technical update with a turbocharged engine later this year will surely help the smallest Ferrari climb back up the ranking by the end of this year.

Large sports car segment 2014-Q1 2013-Q1 Change
1. Porsche 911 4.929 4.635 6%
2. Jaguar F-type 1.411 373 278%
3. Mercedes-Benz SL 1.082 1.323 -18%
4. Jaguar XK 659 503 31%
5. Aston Martin V8/V12 Vantage 279 266 5%
6. Audi R8 275 396 -31%
7. Maserati GranTurismo 135 202 -33%
8. Maserati GranCabrio 87 96 -9%
9. Ferrari California 83 141 -41%
Segment total 8.940 7.935 13%

Note: Corvette and Nissan GT-R sales for Europe are not specified monthly, so are not included in these statistics.


BMW-Z4-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeAs predicted at the end of 2013, the Audi TT has reclaimed the segment leadership from the Mercedes-Benz SLK thanks to run-out pricing of the outgoing model until the third generation TT reaches showrooms later this year. Surprisingly, the BMW Z4 has kept its sales stable to fend off the Porsche Boxster which came very close to the Z4 in the full year 2013 ranking.

The Mazda MX-5 has also been able to keep its sales relatively flat to leapfrog the Toyota GT86, after being outsold by a Japanese sports car for the first time in its history.

The Peugeot RCZ has held on to its third place despite sales down 17%, but a recent update should keep on the podium for the rest of the year.

The new entrant into the segment, the Alfa Romeo 4C is already outselling cars like the Nissan 370Z and Subaru BRZ in the first three months of sales, and it is set to overtake the Chevrolet Camaro by the end of this year as well.


2014-Q1 2013-Q1 Change
1. Audi TT 3.974 2.997 33%
2. Mercedes-Benz SLK 3.387 3.730 -9%
3. Peugeot RCZ 1.794 2.152 -17%
4. BMW Z4 1.366 1.487 -8%
5. Mazda MX-5 1.355 1.549 -13%
6. Porsche Boxster 1.245 1.622 -23%
7. Toyota GT86 916 1.611 -43%
8. Porsche Cayman 739 481 54%
9. Chevrolet Camaro 369 300 23%
10. Alfa Romeo 4C 212 0 new
11. Nissan 370Z 199 200 -1%
12. Subaru BRZ 142 150 -5%
13. Lotus Exige 54 27 100%
14. Hyundai Genesis coupe 36 85 -58%
15. Lotus Elise 33 43 -23%
16. Lotus Evora 22 31 -29%
Segment total 15.843 16.465 -4%

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    1. Hello Adrianne,
      thanks for your question.
      I think the segment will stay on a small decline for the rest of the year, as there are no new models with the exception of the Lamborghini Huracan and the update of the Ferrari California, which will get a turbocharged engine.
      For 2015, I expect a small growth for the segment, as the Ferrari 458 Italia will be updated and also get a turbocharged engine. This should give the model a boost in sales, and I think the Huracan should be able to sell about 500 units in its first year of sales with only the coupe available.

  1. Excelente artículo, solo que también deberías publicar el segmento de los deportivos “normales” no exoticos.

    1. Hello Einstein, thanks for your comment. I have added two more segments: the compact sports car segment and the large sports car segment. Let me know what you think of it.

      Hola Einstein, gracias por tu comentario.He añadido dos segmentos más: el segmento de autos deportivos compactos y el segmento de autos deportivos grandes. Déjame saber lo que piensa de él.

  2. Hello, why the Peugeot RCZ is not cited here, especially in the “Compact sports car segment”. Yet, it is very liked: 5 times best sport car by DieselCar mag., 3 times Best coupé by Auto Express, above the SLK and TT. The new RCZ R seems amazing too. Thank you.

    1. Hello Amanda,
      thanks for your reply. You’re absolutely right, the RCZ should have been included in this ranking. I’ve added the data now for you.

  3. Hello Bart, thank you. I saw a Peugeot RCZ on saturday that’s why I searched some informations. By reading a few of your pages, I learned more things about the “car industry” (hehe 8D than in my whole life before. It is a pity that there are so few French cars in the UK. I often like their design. You make a huge work. I read that the “Miss France” got a RCZ as present… Lucky her. Bye-bye.

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