Sporty Car Sales And Premium Sporty Car Sales In America – May 2012


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May 2012 U.S. sports car sales chart
May 2012 Sporty Car Sales Chart
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In May, Ford sold more than 10,000 Mustangs in a single month for the first time since May 2010. The Chevrolet Camaro’s year-to-date lead over the Mustang is now just 2213 units.

The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are part of GoodCarBadCar’s U.S. sporty car sales chart for the first time. In addition to displaying the BMW 1-Series with the small luxury cars, we’re now going to include the little coupe and convertible in this chart. 1-Series sales are down 13% this year, but May 2012 was much better than last May. And given that this list includes any coupe or convertible for which sales figures are available, the Mini Convertible is now here with the Mini Coupe and Roadster. It should have been included before. 

Volkswagen USA has now sold 1510 copies of the Golf R. In May 2012, Volkswagen sold 3.7 GTIs for every Golf R. The GTI outsold the Subaru Impreza WRX by 43 units. The Mercedes-Benz SLK outsold the BMW Z4 by 121 units. 

May 2012 U.S. premium sports car sales chart
U.S. Premium Sporty Car Sales Chart

The same can not be said of Mercedes-Benz’s bigger roadster, the SL-Class. Its BMW rival, the 6-Series, sold ever so slightly more frequently in May. The new SL is surging, nonetheless, but 6-Series sales are still rising. BMW USA now sells more 6-Series coupes and convertibles (and soon Gran Coupes) in a single month than BMW Canada has ever sold in a whole year. And by a substantial margin.

U.S. sales of the Porsche 911 rose 44% to 878 in May 2012. The 911 is now 1037 sales ahead of the 6-Series. Automotive News estimates that Ferrari sold 145 cars in May, Lamborghini another 29, and Lotus 20. We know Maserati sold 226 cars in May; Bentley 201

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for all the models listed below and in the two accompanying charts can be accessed through the dropdown at the top right of this page or at GCBC’s Sales Stats home. After the jump you’ll find detailed May 2012 sales info on a variety of coupes, convertibles, and sporty variants of sedans and hatchbacks.

Sporty Car
May 2012
%
Change
Year 
To Date
YTD
% Change
Audi A5
1264
– 12.1% 6395 – 1.0%
Audi TT
198
– 10.0% 952 + 11.1%
BMW 1-Series
628
+ 51.7% 3463 – 13.3%
BMW Z4
284
– 56.3% 1172 – 23.5%
Chevrolet Camaro
9023
– 4.5% 40,574 + 0.7%
Chevrolet Corvette
1219
– 6.5% 5547 – 0.9%
Dodge Challenger
4816
+ 40.9% 19,442 + 15.9%
Ford Mustang
10,427
+ 57.8% 38,361 + 27.0%
Honda CR-Z
296
– 81.0% 1995 – 71.7%
Hyundai Veloster
3624
—– 15,597 —–
Infiniti G37 Coupe/Convertible
1437
+ 23.1% 5638 – 17.7%
Mazda MX-5 Miata
621
+ 3.0% 2767 + 7.3%
Mazda RX-8
—–
– 100% 79 – 80.9%
Mercedes-Benz SLK
405
+ 543% 1963 + 161%
Mini Convertible
650
+ 23.3% 2153 + 2.0%
Mini Coupe
287
—– 1313 —–
Mini Roadster
254
—– 766 —–
Mitsubishi Eclipse
154
– 89.5% 758 – 78.9%
Nissan 370Z
903
+ 6.6% 3753 – 3.8%
Porche Boxster
23
– 88.5% 160 – 82.2%
Porsche Cayman
26
– 80.2% 375 – 38.5%
Scion FR-S
86
—– 86 —–
Scion tC
2190
– 17.8% 9431 – 12.9%
Subaru BRZ
271
—– 271 —–
Subaru Impreza WRX
1525
+ 159% 5706 + 3.6%
Volkswagen Eos
792
– 7.3% 2975 + 5.2%
Volkswagen GTI
1568
– 9.4% 7478 + 1.6%
Volkswagen Golf R
423
—– 1510 —–
Volvo C70
488
– 21.7% 2028 – 16.1%


Premium Sporty Car
May 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Audi R8
90
– 9.1% 425 – 13.6%
BMW 6-Series
725
+ 160% 2935 + 267%
Jaguar XK
106
– 44.5% 773 + 10.6%
Lexus LFA
3
—– 22 0.0%
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
56
– 17.6% 329 – 27.7%
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
709
+ 458% 1229 + 46.1%
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
83
+ 295% 473 + 43.3%
Nissan GT-R
135
+ 2.3% 479 – 34.2%
Porsche 911
878
+ 43.5% 3972 + 46.7%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC
Clearly GoodCarBadCar is not suggesting that the cars in the two tables above are all direct competitors. Establishing categories among cars as unique as even the Audi TT and Porsche Boxster has never pleased a single reader, so cars have been lumped together so you can simply see how buyers looking for sports cars, roadsters, hot hatches, convertibles, GTs, and wanna-be sports cars spend their money. Greater categorization of cars would only lead to problems that automakers create by not isolating model-specific sales figures: we don’t know how many M3s BMW has sold or how many Civics are Si models, for example. The numbers we do have are listed above.

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