Sporty Car Sales And Premium Sporty Car Sales In America – January 2012


2013 Audi TT RS Plus

In a segment filled with drastic fluctuations and tastes which change faster than the tides, it’s not a shock to see significant year-over-year gains and losses. For example, sales of the Audi TT jumped 88% in January 2012. Meanwhile, sales of the Porsche Boxster slid 74% from January 2011’s 186 to January 2012’s 48.

The Chevrolet Camaro was the most popular muscle car in America in January, just as it was in 2011 as a whole. Ford must start working at overcoming a 1973-unit deficit in order to end 2012 on a higher note than it began. 

U.S. sporty car sales numbers now include figures for Subaru’s WRX family and for Mini’s ugly little Coupe. WRX numbers slid to 710 in January. The Coupe out-sold the Mini Convertible by 20 units to avoid being Mini’s least popular sub-model. The Hyundai Veloster remains popular, out-selling the Scion tC by nearly 400 units in January. Volkswagen’s GTI found four more buyers than did the model on which it’s based, Volkswagen’s Golf.

U.S. sports car sales chart
U.S. Sporty Car Sales Chart For January 2012 – Click For A Larger View

After the jump you can check out numbers for high-end sports cars, GTs, and coupes with an accompanying chart, as well as the first table which shows detailed January 2012 sales data for the cars in the above chart. Sales figures for all these models – monthly and yearly, Canadian and U.S. – can be accessed through the dropdown at the top right of this page or on the Sales Stats page. 

Sporty Car
January 2012
%
Change
Audi A5
878
– 16.7%
Audi TT
182
+ 87.6%
BMW Z4
104
– 7.1%
Chevrolet Camaro
5709
+ 19.9%
Chevrolet Corvette
629
– 12.8%
Dodge Challenger
2551
+ 1.0%
Ford Mustang
3736
+ 18.0%
Honda CR-Z
363
– 59.4%
Hyundai Veloster
1693
—–
Mazda MX-5 Miata
306
+ 5.9%
Mazda RX-8
18
– 72.7%
Mercedes-Benz SLK
238
+ 18.4%
Mini Coupe
146
—–
Mitsubishi Eclipse
83
– 39.9%
Nissan 370Z
417
– 26.5%
Porche Boxster
48
– 74.2%
Porsche Cayman
125
– 1.6%
Scion tC
1309
– 3.1%
Subaru Impreza WRX
710
– 37.4%
Volkswagen Eos
365
+ 46.6%
Volkswagen GTI
1231
+ 27.0%
Volkswagen Golf R
192
—–
Volvo C70
299
+ 36.5%
U.S. premium sports car sales chart January 2012
Premium Sporty Car
January 2012
%
Change
Audi R8
79
0%
BMW 6-Series
409
+ 393%
Dodge Viper
20
– 67.7%
Jaguar XK
153
– 8.9%
Lexus LFA
4
0%
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
67
– 37.4%
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
100
– 42.9%
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
92
+ 31.4%
Nissan GT-R
20
– 9.1%
Porsche 911
681
+ 56.2%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC
Clearly GoodCarBadCar is not suggesting that the cars in the two 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.

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