Sporty Car Sales In America – May 2014 YTD


2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

With its best month since April 2011, the Chevrolet Camaro improved its May 2014 market share in its three-car category to 40% from 35.6% in May 2013. 

USA sports car sales chart May 2014
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Sales of all three Detroit muscle cars – the Camaro, Ford Mustang, and Dodge Challenger – increased on a year-over-year basis in May. 

Although sales of the Dodge Challenger have increased every year since the car went on sale in 2008, year-to-date volume is off 2013’s pace by 12%, a 2977-unit deficit heading into June.

After a lackluster April in the lead-up to the coupe’s arrival, Jaguar sold 431 F-Types in May 2014, the highest total for the nameplate in its 13-month history. The F-Type was still outsold by the Mercedes-Benz SLK, a car which combines the benefits of coupe and roadster into one car. 

All 258 Autos Ranked By May 2014 & YTD U.S. Sales
All 150 Cars Ranked By May 2014 & YTD U.S. Sales

That’s not necessarily a surefire route to success. BMW’s Z4 sold less than once for every four SLKs sold in May and has barely sold more than half as often as the SLK over the last four months. 

Regardless, the F-Type, as much a potential rival for the Porsche 911 as it is for the Porsche Boxster/Cayman, is certainly a force. (The Boxster and Cayman combined to outsell the F-Type by 292 units in May; the 911 doubled the F-Type’s total.) Cars.com’s F-Type inventory shows Jaguar dealers in possession of 690 convertibles and 214 coupes at the moment, and the vast majority of those coupes are S or R models.

2014 Jaguar F-Type Coupe S white

The F-Type has engaged the enthusiast press in a way few cars do these days. Speaking of which, Scion and Subaru combined for 2516 FR-S/BRZ sales in May, down slightly from 2616 in May 2013. They’re not the freshest loaves of bread on the shelf in 2014, and to some degree, their ability to sell at or near previous-year levels is impressive. 

On the other hand, the Impreza-based WRX and STi found 2957 U.S. buyers in May, and Chevrolet sold 3328 Corvettes. Only five vehicles with base prices above $45,000 sold more often than the Corvette in May, and two of those vehicles were full-size GM SUVs.

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, muscle cars, roadsters, and coupes 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 • May 2015 • June 2014 • April 2014May 2013

Sporty Car
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
10,340
7929 30.4% 38,951 35,076 11.0%
5748
5537 3.8% 21,904 24,881 -12.0%
9761
8797 11.0% 36,600 33,868 8.1%
Total
25,849
22,263 16.1% 97,455 93,825 3.9%

Sporty Car
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
189
188 0.5% 745 821 -9.3%
108
338 -68.0% 1099 1192 -7.8%
431
159 171% 1309 159 723%
453
408 11.0% 1978 1993 -0.8%
411
509 -19.3% 1772 2304 -23.1%
312
360 -13.3% 1562 817 91.2%
Total
1904
1962 -3.0% 8465 7286 16.2%

Other Sporty Cars
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
1914
1872 2.2% 6984 7682 -9.1%
957
638 50.0% 2588 2555 1.3%
3328
905 268% 15,021 4820 212%
389
427 -8.9% 1697 2022 -16.1%
1004
1034 -2.9% 3268 4360 -25.0%
530
672 -21.1% 2251 2519 -10.6%
1 1 0.0%
55 -100% 109 -100%
927
681 36.1% 3452 2627 31.4%
1664
1937 -14.1% 6534 8206 -20.4%
852
679 25.5% 3738 3279 14.0%
2957
1829 61.7% 11,170 7856 42.2%
467
547 -14.6% 1540 2011 -23.4%
1108
1284 -13.7% 4844 5382 -10.0%
175 -100% 14 1015 -98.6%
91
331 -72.5% 675 1155 -41.6%
Total
16,188
13,066 23.9% 63,777 55,599 14.7%

Sporty Hatchbacks
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
3337
4051 -17.6% 14,851 15,762 -15.4%
2971
2826 5.1% 12,416 12,303 0.9%
3244
4033 -19.6% 9366 16,907 -44.6%
1921
1576 21.9% 7854 7116 10.4%
2729
3718 -26.6% 13,543 17,407 -22.2%
Total
14,202
16,204 -12.4% 58,030 69,495 -16.5%

Premium Sporty Car
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
52
84 -38.1% 357 322 10.9%
52
63
65 -3.1% 318 129 147%
121
119 1.7% 701 669 4.8%
1
1 0.0% 10 16 -37.5%
18
46 -60.9% 133 238 -44.1%
458
754 -39.3% 2173 3176 -31.6%
35
47 -25.5% 142 212 -33.0%
94
115 -18.3% 481 486 -1.0%
864
895 -3.5% 4359 4508 -3.3%
Total
1758
2126 -17.3% 8674 9756 -11.1%

Source: Automakers & ANDC 
* indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ BMW USA, not GoodCarBadCar, has chosen to combine sales figures of the 1-Series and 2-Series.
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 May 2014 were 
102, 175, 59, 14, and 75, respectively. Tesla, unfortunately, doesn’t release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data, but HybridCars.com estimates 1400 May Tesla sales, 6800 YTD.

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