2015 marked the end of a five-year run in which the best-selling muscle car in America was the Chevrolet Camaro.
Back on top? The Ford Mustang, sales of which jumped 48%, year-over-year, to 122,349 units. New for MY2015, the fifth-gen Camaro’s final full year, the Mustang was a mighty mainstream force in America in 2015. Only 18 cars sold more frequently.
Though 2015 was undeniably not a hugely successful year for Tata’s Jaguar division in America, the F-Type’s overwhelming success does point to the possibility that Jaguar could nail it with the next two or even three launches: new XF, all-new XE, and their first-ever SUV, the F-Pace. Granted, the Porsche Boxster and Cayman combined to outsell the F-Type, sales figures for which take hardtop and convertible into account. (And it is only fair to view the Porsche pair that way.)
But the F-type continued to expand its appeal, growing from 2250 sales in 2013’s final eight months to 4112 in 2014 to 4629 in calendar year 2015. Mercedes-Benz’s more affordable SLK was 447 sales behind.
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True high-end sports car success, however, must be measured by two icons: the Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette. As Porsche ended 2015 transitioning to a range of all turbocharged models, 911 sales actually dropped slightly in 2015, ending the year down 5% to 9898 units.
But this figure still absolutely crushes all European competition, more than doubling the F-Type’s total; easily outperforming the Audi R8, BMW i8, Mercedes-AMG GT, and Mercedes-Benz SL combined; and outlasting Japan’s Nissan GT-R by a nine-to-one count.
And then there’s the Corvette. Sales of the Bowling Green, Kentucky, car dipped 4% in 2015, a year after its supremely successful C7 launch. But with 33,329 U.S. sales in 2015, only eight vehicles with base prices above $45,000 sold more often than the Corvette last year.
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.
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 used to) 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 and Lotus are unfortunately not broken down by model. estimates say sales for those brands in 2015 were 1020 and 80, respectively. Ferrari, according to the WSJ, sold 2124 cars in 2015. Lamborghini sales totalled 1009 units. Rolls-Royce sold 840 cars; Bentley 2686. RECOMMENDED READING Sporty Car Sales In America – December & 2016 Year End Sporty Car Sales In America – January 2016 Sporty Car Sales In America – November 2015 YTD Sporty Car Sales In America – December 2014 & Year End Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – December 2015 U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – December 2015 & Year End