Sporty Car Sales In America – January 2014


For often high-end, often rear-wheel-drive two-doors, the lowest-volume month on the calendar isn’t the time to put up big numbers, particularly when that winter month is more wintry than normal. 

USA sports car sales chart January 2014
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Nevertheless, sales of the six European sports cars in the second table below grew 32% and jumped 24% even with the Jaguar F-Type (not on sale a year ago) is excluded. Porsche’s Boxster and Cayman combined to own 46% of the category.

Sales of America’s muscle car trio, however, slid 8%. The one part of the three-pronged group to post an increase is the next car to be replaced, Ford’s Mustang. Dodge Challenger market share fell from 29% in January 2013 to 22% last month.

The Chevrolet Corvette recorded the greatest volume increase among sports cars and wanna-be sports cars in January 2014. From 908 sales a year ago – which had been the best January since January 2010 – General Motors dealers sold 2261 Corvettes in January 2014.

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, convertibles, and hot hatches any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • January 2015 • February 2014 • December 2013January 2013

Sporty Car
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
4733
4925 -3.9% 4733 4925 -3.9%
2458
3497 -29.7% 2458 3497 -29.7%
3881
3608 7.6% 3881 3608 7.6%
Total
11,072
12,030 -8.0% 11,072 12,030 -8.0%

Sporty Car
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
113
127 -11.0% 113 127 -11.0%
166
152 9.2% 166 152 9.2%
177
177
258
325 -20.6% 258 325 -20.6%
320
392 -18.4% 320 392 -18.4%
280
1 27,900% 280 1 27,900%
Total
1314
997 31.8% 1314 997 31.8%

Other Sporty Cars
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
925
1200 -22.9% 925 1200 -22.9%
75
304 -75.3% 75 304 -75.3%
2261
908 149% 2261 908 149%
267
358 -25.4% 267 358 -25.4%
413
631 -34.5% 413 631 -34.5%
212
315 -32.7% 212 315 -32.7%
1 -100% 1 -100%
14 -100% 14 -100%
440
331 32.9% 440 331 32.9%
921
1443 -36.2% 921 1443 -36.2%
592
463 27.9% 592 463 27.9%
1533
1306 17.4% 1533 1306 17.4%
183
250 -26.8% 183 250 -26.8%
865
915 -5.5% 865 915 -5.5%
8
202 -96.0% 8 202 -96.0%
122
173 -29.5% 122 173 -29.5%
Total
8817
8814 0.1% 8817 8814 0.1%

Sporty Hatchbacks
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
2493
2503 -0.4% 2493 2503 -0.4%
1821
1759 3.5% 1821 1759 3.5%
1358
2266 -40.1% 1358 2266 -40.1%
1107
1264 -12.4% 1107 1264 -12.4%
2034
2232 -8.9% 2034 2232 -8.9%
Total
8813
10,024 -12.1% 8813 10,024 -12.1%

Premium Sporty Car
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
81
49 65.3% 81 49 65.3%
41
41
47
47
118
117 0.9% 118 117 0.9%
3 -100% 3 -100%
33
54 -38.9% 33 54 -38.9%
339
390 -13.1% 339 390 -13.1%
35
36 -2.8% 35 36 -2.8%
79
48 64.6% 79 48 64.6%
792
877 -9.7% 792 877 -9.7%
Total
1565
1574 -0.6% 1565 1574 -0.6%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
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. The BMW 6-Series has been removed from the premium list because we don’t use this space as a showcase for sedans (unless automakers release data for high-end sporting models like the Lexus ISF, as Toyota Canada does) and the 6-Series lineup now relies heavily on a sedan variant. GoodCarBadCar is always open to hearing about the ways you would break down segments, so feel free to get in touch. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts. Sales data for brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Rolls-Royce etc. are unfortunately not broken down by model. ANDC estimates say sales for those brands in January 2014 were 70, 164, 47, 23, and 86, respectively. Bentley sales rose 2% to 192 units in January; Maserati sales jumped 230% to 567. Tesla, unfortunately, doesn’t release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data.

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Sporty Car Sales In America – January 2015
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U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – January 2014