Sporty Car Sales Figures In America – October 2013 YTD


2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 profile red
USA sports car sales chart October 2013
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The Jaguar F-Type is no longer the sports car story in America. It’s been on sale for six months, 1843 have been sold. Whatever.

The fact that Porsche’s Cayman outsold Porsche’s own Boxster is not America’s leading sports car story in October. This was the third time the Cayman has accomplished this feat since arriving in America in 981 form in April.

Ford’s Mustang outsold the Chevrolet Camaro in October. That didn’t put the Mustang over the top in the year-to-date standings, but it brought it within 4401 units of the leading pony car. However, this isn’t our headline, either.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray convertible

You see, Chevrolet’s seventh-generation Corvette arrived in showrooms in October 2013. And the Corvettes that arrived in showrooms were promptly driven out of showrooms, not just on test drives, but on drives that would take the Corvettes to driveways and garages across America. Corvette volume more than tripled in October, rising 237%, or 2762 units. 

True, for the most part, the Corvette and Viper compete in slightly different markets. The Corvette verges on affordability; the Viper does not. But if you were an automaker, if you could morph into General Motors or the Chrysler Group, wouldn’t you want to be selling the $51,000-$67,800 car (before options and hi-po derivatives arrive) that has the potential to generate 3929 sales in a single month than the car which, while listed at $102,485, hardly generates two sales per day? 

All seven generations of Corvette

Dodge sold 2103 Vipers in the United States in 2003. They’ll be lucky to sell 700 in 2013. It’s not as though General Motors is selling Corvettes the way they used to: more than 30,000 were sold in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Even with repeats of October, Chevrolet won’t sell 20,000 in 2013. But it’s certainly shaking its money maker.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank sports cars, roadsters, coupes, and muscle cars any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page. The + icon has been removed from year-over-year improvements. Look for red font to designate year-over-year declines. When BMW USA begins reporting 4-Series sales figures outside of the 3-Series’ total – as BMW Canada has already done – we’ll display the 4-Series here.

Click Column Headers To Sort • October 2014 • November 2013 • September 2013 • October 2012

Sporty Car
October
2013
October
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
1487
1308 13.7% 15,975 14,313 11.6%
209
129 62.0% 1739 1815 – 4.2%
588
778 – 24.4% 5482 6313 – 13.2%
174
246 – 29.3% 2127 2198 – 3.2%
5669
5122 10.7% 70,484 74,090 – 4.9%
3929
1167 237% 11,759 11,737 0.2%
3256
2686 21.2% 45,833 36,309 26.2%
2378
3720 – 36.1% 31,372 36,462 – 14.0%
6918
5328 29.8% 66,083 72,149 – 8.4%
325
244 33.2% 3871 3705 4.5%
Honda S2000
2
2175
2464 – 11.7% 25,448 30,802 – 17.4%
657
718 – 8.5% 8816 11,004 – 19.9%
353
1843
377
461 – 18.2% 5167 5542 – 6.8%
1 79 – 98.7%
444
435 2.1% 4013 3723 7.8%
3145
4052 – 22.4% 35,519 37,239 – 4.6%
1679
2434 – 31.0% 22,232 23,777 – 6.5%
947
595 59.2% 4446 4844 – 8.2%
283
371 – 23.7% 3946 4163 – 5.2%
91
347 – 73.8% 2332 2553 – 8.7%
145
306 – 52.6% 2563 1902 34.8%
28 – 100% 109 1127 – 90.3%
537
383 40.2% 5648 6482 – 12.9%
297
453 – 34.4% 4056 2052 97.7%
347
4 8575% 2778 448 520%
1233
1107 11.4% 16,000 8572 86.7%
1499
1654 – 9.4% 16,505 19,790 – 16.6%
780
402 94.0% 7126 3120 128%
1356
1100 23.3% 14,782 10,629 39.1%
2555
2439 4.8% 37,473 24,005 56.1%
1312
2439 – 46.2% 21,411 24,005 – 10.8%
1243
16,062
261
331 – 21.1% 3718 5529 – 32.8%
1032
966 6.8% 11,287 14,226 – 20.7%
48
274 – 82.5% 1536 3325 – 53.8%
276
200 38.0% 2826 3941 – 28.3%
Total
43,205
38,199 13.1% 459,378 450,726 1.9%

Premium Sporty Car
October
2013
October
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
65
47 38.3% 665 701 – 5.1%
921
770 19.6% 7955 6252 27.2%
69
495 20 2375%
97
161 – 39.8% 1138 1394 – 18.4%
2
3 – 33.3% 20 36 – 44.4%
34
54 – 37.0% 395 589 – 32.9%
521
574 – 9.2% 6091 3823 59.3%
42
28 50.0% 366 734 – 50.1%
111
86 29.1% 1063 1054 0.9%
748
590 26.8% 8246 7244 13.8%
Total
2610
2313 12.8% 26,434 21,847 21.0%

Source: Automakers & ANDC 
* indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
** breakdown by variant
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. GoodCarBadCar is always open to hearing about the ways you would break down segments, so feel free to get in touch. Sales data for brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maybach, Rolls-Royce etc. are unfortunately not broken down by model. ANDC estimates say sales for those brands in the first ten months of 2013 were 690, 1620, 460, 220, zero, and 840, respectively. Bentley has sold 2199 cars so far this year. Maserati has sold 2828 cars. Reportedly, Tesla had risen to 15,550 through ten months with 1300 October sales. Tesla, unfortunately, doesn’t release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data.


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