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.
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.
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. RECOMMENDED READING Sporty Car Sales In America – February 2017 Sporty Car Sales In America – March 2016 YTD Sporty Car Sales In America – January 2016 Sporty Car Sales In America – February 2015 YTD Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – February 2016 U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – February 2016 YTD