Sporty Car Sales In America – February 2016 YTD


2016 Ford Mustang GT350 red white stripes

Despite the arrival of the Chevrolet Camaro, a car which led its category for five consecutive years between 2010 and 2014, the Ford Mustang easily led the category again in February 2016.

Let’s be honest: the Camaro’s sixth-gen launch times with winter months that aren’t particularly kind to rear-wheel-drive American muscle. If we’re going to use a sample period to determine if the new sixth-gen Chevrolet Camaro can outsell the still-fresh sixth-gen Ford Mustang as the fifth-gen Camaro outsold the fifth-gen Mustang, the last few months aren’t it.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – February 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – February 2016 YTD

Nevertheless, the Mustang’s continued strength is something to behold. Ford’s only two previous 9K+ monthly performances in the first quarter of a calendar year were in March of 2012 and 2014. 

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USA sports car sales chart February 2016
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When it comes to sports car volume in the United States, there’s really nowhere to find it outsold the Mustang, Camaro, and Dodge Challenger. Sure, Chevrolet sold more than 2100 Corvettes in February, a straggering figure given the price and two-seat nature of the Corvette, but a low figure nonetheless. And the Volkswagen GTI and Subaru WRX are popular cars by the standards of performance-oriented vehicles like the Scion FR-S and Nissan 370Z. But they’re not common.

Ford sold 9993 Mustangs in February. Total sales of the Corvette, WRX, and GTI? 6129. 

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 • February 2017 • March 2016 • January 2016February 2015

American Muscle
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
6151
6373 -3.5% 11,702 11,364 3.0%
5585
5255 6.3% 10,670 9847 8.4%
9993
8454 18.2% 17,573 17,148 2.5%
Total
21,729
20,082 8.2% 39,945 38,359 4.1%

Euro Sports Cars
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
49
47 4.3% 116 144 -19.4%
 200
7 2757% 355 10 3450%
55
286 -80.8% 97 380 -74.5%
365
422 -13.5% 698 723 -3.5%
270
228 18.4% 536 474 13.1%
193
211 -8.5% 436 409 6.6%
237
232 2.2% 425 536 -20.7%
Total
1169
1433 -18.4% 2663 2676 -0.5%

Misc. Sporty Cars
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
602
831 -27.6% 1117 1674 -33.3%
1085
523 107% 1795 898 99.9%
2116
2605 -18.8% 3617 4732 -23.6%
128
175 -26.9% 320 371 -13.7%
172
346 -50.3% 304 812 -62.6%
920
984 -6.5% 1675 1831 -8.5%
759
511 48.5% 1319 849 55.4%
410
560 -26.8% 768 1008 -23.8%
554
806 -31.3% 1061 1552 -31.6%
425
334 27.2% 786 664 18.4%
2380
2359 0.9% 4716 4790 -1.5%
110
118 -6.8% 233 274 -15.0%
1633
1779 -8.2% 3129 3757 -16.7%
292
362 -19.3% 769 362 112%
Total
11,586
12,293 -5.8% 21,609 23,574 -8.3%

Premium Sporty Cars
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
9
52 -82.7% 20 101 -80.2%
54
113 -52.2% 86 198 -56.6%
91
127 -28.3% 158 219 -27.9%
34
64 -46.9% 86 125 -31.2%
1
42 -97.6% 2 88 -97.7%
2
1 100% 3 3 0.0%
95
220
11 -100%
369
331 11.5% 583 641 -9.0%
1
3 -66.7% 1 8 -87.5%
30
118 -74.6% 96 219 -56.2%
498
633 -21.3% 1221 1685 -27.5%
14 -100% 48 -100%
Total
1184
1498 -21.0% 2476 3346 -26.0%

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 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. 

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