Sporty Car Sales In America - December 2014 & Year End

In 2014, for the fifth consecutive year, General Motors sold more Chevrolet Camaros in the United States than Ford sold Mustangs. The gap expanded slightly but remained slim: just 3662 units, up from 3381 units in 2013. 

But the Mustang, buoyed by a new generation that became available toward the end of the year, was the dominant muscle car during the latter part of 2014, outselling the Camaro in November and December by wide margins.

But December was a strong month for their segment overall, as the Mustang's 66% year-over-year improvement partnered with the Dodge Challenger's 72% leap and the 32% jump in Camaro sales. Dodge needed best-ever December sales for the Challenger to record its sixth consecutive year-over-year year-end improvement in 2014, and demand for the Challenger did indeed reach that level. The trio combined for a 55% improvement last month, equal to 7463 units. 


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - December & 2014 Year End
• U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - December & 2014 Year End


The Camaro was America's 26th-best-selling car in calendar year 2014; the Mustang 29th; the Challenger 45th. In December, the Mustang ranked 21st; the Camaro 31st; the Challenger 42nd.

For every 11 Camaros, Mustangs, and Challengers sold in America in 2014, consumers also picked up one 4C, TT, Z4, F-Type, SLK, Boxster, or Cayman. This group of European sports cars combined for a marginal 0.2% improvement in 2014 thanks almost completely to the F-Type. Sales of the soon-to-be-replaced TT slid 44%, the Z4 was down 13%, the SLK slid slightly, and the Boxster/Cayman duo fell 8%. 

USA sports car sales chart 2014
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Subaru's Impreza-based WRX/STi lineup outsold Subaru's BRZ and its twin, the Scion FR-S, by 3926 units. Lexus sold their first 1922 RCs in the final two months of 2014. Volkswagen's Golf-based GTI shot up 30%, year-over-year. BMW reported 555 i8 sales. Viper volume rose to the highest level in six years, yet it wasn't high enough. 

But 2014 was the year of the Corvette. 34,839 copies of Chevrolet's iconic sports car were sold to Americans last year, the highest total since 2006, more than the number of 4Cs, TTs, Z4s, F-Types, SLKs, Boxsters, Caymans, R8s, ELRs, GT-Rs, 911s, and Vipers combined.

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 • December 2015 • January 2015 • November 2014December 2013
American Muscle
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013
%
Change
6628
501532.2%86,297 80,5677.1%
4938
287271.9%51,611 51,4620.3%
9511
572766.1%82,63577,1867.1%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
21,077
13,61454.8%220,543 209,215 5.4%

Euro Sports Cars
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013
%
Change
67
------91------
12
159-92.5%11582053-43.6%
168
191-12.0%21512480-13.3%
448
185142%4112 225082.8%
384
393-2.3%4737 4757-0.4%
144
262-45.0%3875 4570-15.2%
198
277-28.5%3417 33831.0%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
1421
1467-3.1%19,541 19,493 0.2%

Other Sporty Cars
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013
%
Change
1292
1384-6.6%16,62018,664-11.0%
724
1039-30.3%734572201.7%
3552
300518.2%34,83917,291 101%
224
384-41.7%3562 4550 -21.7%
658
46242.4%77409806-21.1%
1042
------1922 ------
378
27637.0%4745 5780-17.9%
---
------1 10.0%
---
--------- 109 -100%
446
469-4.9%7199 65619.7%
834
1029-19.0%14,062 18,327 -23.3%
416
705-41.0%7504 8587-12.6%
2816
168067.6%25,492 17,96941.9%
204
222-8.1%34114178-18.4%
1789
97683.3%17,362 13,31030.4%
---
22-100%15 1598-99.1%
1
195-99.5%7793234-75.9%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
14,376
11,84821.3%152,598 137,185 11.2%

Warm Hatches
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013
%
Change
2302
2324-0.9%33,70835,834 -5.9%
1685
3047-44.7%27,59830,711 -10.1%
4545
388716.9%31,38541,915 -25.2%
1128
1143-1.3%17,947 19,094 -6.0%
2270
2819-19.5%29,18243,134 -32.3%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
11,930
13,220-9.8%139,820 170,688 -18.1%

Premium Sporty Cars
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013
%
Change
64
70-8.6%735813-9.6%
158
------555------
118
61867%13106217%
89
5561.8%76059128.6%
88
105-16.2%1452 13467.9%
1
10.0%17 23-26.1%
14
45-68.9%221476-53.6%
539
565-4.6%50307007-28.2%
6
44-86.4%232 451-48.6%
156
78100%1436123616.2%
776
828-6.3%10,433 10,442-0.1%
39
------96 ------
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
2048
179714.0%22,277 22,391 -0.5%
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 2014 were 1224, 2100, 708, 172, and 900, respectively. Tesla, unfortunately, doesn't release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data, but HybridCars.com estimates 1900 December Tesla sales, 16,550 in 2014.

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