Sporty Car Sales In America – October 2014 YTD


2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Even with a 25% year-over-year decline compared with its first month of C7 availability in October 2013, October 2014’s U.S. Chevrolet Corvette sales results were startlingly high. With 2959 units, the Corvette reached a three-month high and the fifth-highest total in the last ten months.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – October 2014 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – October 2014 YTD

USA sports car sales chart October 2014
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Dodge Challenger volume was particularly healthy in October, as well, though Dodge needs to sell even more Challengers in the next two months if 2014 is going to be the nameplate’s sixth consecutive year of growth.

Jaguar reported its second F-Type year-over-year decline, a slight 3% (or nine-unit) drop to 342, in excess of the Porsche Cayman’s total but well back of the Mercedes-Benz SLK.  

Porsche’s best-selling model in October was the 911, a rare feat for a sports car in a company now controlled by SUVs. The 911 took advantage of a model year changeover month for the Cayenne while recording its second-best sales month of the year. 

BMW sold more than 200 i8 hybrids, a number that’s all the more impressive when one realizes that the Z4 generated fewer than 200 October sales.

Subaru’s WRX and STi combined for 2085 October sales, 361 more than Volkswagen managed with their Golf-based GTI. Combined, Scion and Subaru sold 1546 copies of the FR-S and BRZ.

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, coupes, and GTs 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 • October 2015 • November 2014 • September 2014October 2013

American Muscle
October
2014
October
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
5406
5669 -4.6% 75,284 70,484 6.8%
4140
3256 27.1% 42,516 45,833 -7.2%
4565
6918 -34.0% 64,396 66,083 -2.6%
Total
14,111
15,843 -10.9% 182,196 182,400 -0.1%

Euro Sports Cars
October
2014
October
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
32
209 -84.7% 1130 1739 -35.0%
198
174 13.8% 1815 2127 -14.7%
342
353 -3.1% 3287 1843 78.4%
441
444 -0.7% 4036 4013 0.6%
370
297 24.6% 3394 4056 -16.3%
332
347 -4.3% 2900 2778 4.4%
Total
1715
1824 -6.0% 16,562 16,556 0.1%

Other Sporty Cars
October
2014
October
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
1101
1487 -26.0% 14,266 15,975 -10.7%
672
588 14.3% 5975 5482 9.0%
2959
3929 -24.7% 28,909 11,759 146%
205
325 -36.9% 3150 3871 -18.6%
496
657 -24.5% 6254 8816 -51.1%
288
377 -23.6% 4143 5167 -19.8%
1 1 0.0%
109 -100%
464
537 -13.6% 6402 5648 13.3%
1111
1233 -9.9% 12.293 16,000 -23.2%
435
780 -44.2% 6680 7126 -6.3%
2085
1356 53.8% 19,969 14,782 35.1%
202
261 -22.6% 3021 3718 -18.7%
1724
1032 67.1% 13,848 11,287 22.7%
48 -100% 15 1536 -99.0%
2
276 -99.3% 776 2826 -72.5%
Total
11,744
12,886 -8.9% 113,421 114,103 -0.6%

Warm Hatches
October
2014
October
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
2806
2378 18.0% 29,422 31,372 -6.2%
1652
2175 -24.0% 24,617 25,448 -3.3%
3082
3145 -2.0% 23,647 35,519 -33.4%
1235
1499 -17.6% 15,695 16,505 -4.9%
1941
2555 -24.0% 25,247 37,473 -32.6%
Total
10,716
11,752 -8.8% 118,628 146,317 -18.9%

Premium Sporty Cars
October
2014
October
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
40
65 -38.5% 620 665 -6.8%
204
271
152
1037
80
69 15.9% 626 495 26.5%
77
97 -20.6% 1269 1138 11.5%
2 -100% 15 20 -25.0%
18
34 -47.1% 196 395 -50.4%
347
521 -33.4% 4105 6091 -32.6%
11
42 -73.8% 223 366 -39.1%
140
111 26.1% 1158 1063 8.9%
974
748 30.2% 8732 8246 5.9%
5
37
Total
2048
1689 21.3% 18,289 18,479 -1.0%

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 October 2014 were 102, 175, 59, 15, and 75 respectively. Tesla, unfortunately, doesn’t release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data, but HybridCars.com estimates 1300 October Tesla sales, 13,200 YTD.

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