No news here: the Toyota Camry continued as America’s best-selling car in September 2013.
And while Camry sales slowed compared with September 2012, sales of the Camry’s two best-selling rivals, the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, fell at a faster rate. Consequently, the Camry, America’s most popular car through the end of August, expanded its lead in September by 6695 units to 36,888 sales.
Enthusiast-oriented cars, however, aren’t common at the top of the heap. Which leads us to an important question: setting aside cars like the Camry, Cruze, 200, Charger, and other conventional sedans and hatchbacks, how often do truly fun cars sell? We’re not talking about fun-to-drive compacts like the Mazda 3 or style-conscious hatchbacks like the Kia Soul. Consider a handful of recently introduced high-profile sports cars.
The Porsche Cayman is America’s 125th-best-selling car. It sells slightly less often than the Hyundai Equus, but slightly more often than the BMW Z4. Arriving at dealers in September, the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 sedan ranks 126th. Mercedes-Benz calls it a coupe. It has four doors and a trunk.
Chevrolet’s seventh-generation Corvette is just starting to arrive at dealers. The outgoing model has suffered from old age. It’s America’s 90th-best-selling car this year, in between the improving BMW 7-Series and the declining Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which is also in a model changeover phase.
76 car nameplates sell more often than the Scion FR-S; 77 sell less often than the FR-S. Its numbers are very similar to those of the Audi A5 and Acura ILX, as well as the figures achieved by Scion’s own tC.
Meanwhile, Chrysler’s SRT Viper is America’s 139th-best-selling vehicle. Viper volume is 31% stronger than sales of Mercedes-Benz’s SLS AMG, but the Audi R8 sells 41% more often than the Viper. Simply put, the newest Viper simply hasn’t sold as well as Chrysler expected. Then again, it doesn’t look that new, and that’s typically more of a problem for all-new sports cars than it is for sports cars which are simply ageing.
These are year-to-date rankings, but you can sort cars by September volume by clicking the September 2013 column header, or you can rank cars by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the Car column header. Just remember, the list is horizontally flipped from the norm: YTD on the left, monthly data on the right.
As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.