Sporty Car Sales In America – December 2016 & 2016 Year End


2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Despite tumbling 13%, year-over-year, the Ford Mustang was still America’s top-selling sporty car in 2016, and by a wide margin.

U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – 2016 Year End
U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – 2016 Year End

Ford reported 105,932 Mustang sales in 2016. Last year aside – 2015 was the first year for the hyped sixth-gen Mustang – that was the highest total since 2007.

Canada sports car sales chart 2016
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The bigger story throughout the year, however, was GM’s inability to sell the newer, sixth-gen Camaro in numbers that resembled the fifth-gen Camaro’s output. At least until incentives ramped up in the final third of the year. 

After outselling the Mustang in five consecutive years and predictably being outsold by the Mustang in 2015, the Camaro came up short again in 2016. 33,227 sales short.

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. Mobile users can thumb across tables for full-width access. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • January 2017 • November 2016December 2015

American Muscle
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
7000
5366 30.5% 72,705 77,502 -6.2%
5257
4564 15.2% 64,433 66,377 -2.9%
7064
8742 -19.2% 105,932 122,349 -13.4%
Total
19,321
18,672 3.5% 243,070 266,228 -8.7%

Euro Sports Cars
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
23
56 -58.9% 480 659 -27.2%
252
238 5.9% 3044 1167 161%
75
253 -70.4% 1187 1829 -35.1%
388
430 -9.8% 4069 4629 -12.1%
330
290 13.8% 3397 4182 -18.8%
149
214 -30.4% 2670 3102 -13.9%
224
200 12.0% 3590 3561 0.8%
Total
1441
1681 -14.3% 18,437 19,129 -3.6%

Misc. Sporty Cars
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
591
1000 -40.9% 8354 12,934 -35.4%
1085
2143 -49.4% 15,519 13,020 19.2%
629
7153
2709
2453 10.4% 29,995 33,329 -10.0%
250
2475
160
316 -49.4% 2338 3073 -23.9%
1018
290 251% 3970 3949 0.5%
1042
1711 -39.1% 11,165 14,784 -24.5%
733
706 3.8% 9465 8591 10.2%
368
481 -23.5% 5913 7391 -20.0%
557
588 -5.3% 7457 10,507 -29.0%
214
413 -48.2% 4141 5296 -21.8%
2938
3089 -4.9% 33,279 33,734 -1.3%
242 -100% 387 2993 -87.1%
2777
2369 17.2% 23,934 23,669 1.1%
546
649 -15.9% 4493 4141 8.5%
7 -100%
Total
15,617
16,450 -5.1% 170,038 177,418 -4.2%

Premium Sporty Cars
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
68
269
82
15 447% 736 495 48.7%
123
344 -64.2% 1144 1701 -32.7%
133
656 -79.7% 1594 2265 -29.6%
3
135 -97.8% 534 1024 -47.9%
59
63 -6.3% 630 690 -8.7%
1 -100% 3 293 -99.0%
1 -100% 6 9 -33.3%
148
129 14.7% 1249 1373 -9.0%
99
162 -38.9% 1227 1277 -3.9%
52 -100%
304
380 -20.0% 3722 4060 -8.3%
1 29 -96.6%
46
84 -45.2% 698 1105 -36.8%
711
654 8.7% 8901 9898 -10.1%
1 203 -99.5%
Total
1776
2624 -32.3% 20,715 24,474 -15.4%

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 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 Aston Martin and Lotus in 2016 were 1032 an 168, respectively. 

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Sporty Car Sales In America – January 2017
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