We all know that car sales are falling in favor of crossovers and SUVs. But sports cars are a subset that should be thriving, especially with some of today’s big cars. But 2020 brought bad news on the sports car altar. By 2020, sales will be awash. With these figures from Europe, we see the likely end of the sports car category.
The numbers don’t bode well for the future of thesports car.
2020 Nissan 370Z Roadster | Nissan
It wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did. Despite the popularity of the sports car segment, the figures do not bode well for the future of this type of vehicle. The number of registrations in Europe fell by a third to 13,700 units. Pony Cars declined by more than 8,000 units. This segment has never been particularly strong on the other side of the Atlantic, but when combined with the other segments it paints a bleak picture.
Cabriolets have never sold much, but they have fans. In the late 1970s they moved to the United States. But in the 1990s, the convertible experienced a revival that we thought would last. But this doesn’t seem to be the case.
Cabriolet sales in Europe down by nearly 45%
Porsche 718 Spyder Cabriolet Sports Cabriolet at the Brussels Motor Show on 8. January 2020
Sales of convertibles in Europe drop by almost 45%. Where does it go? First, most crossovers and SUVs are not configured or designed for convertible versions. Yes, there were exceptions like the Nissan CrossCabriolet and the Land Rover Evoque convertible. But both were failures that lasted only a few years.
If you do want a convertible, you can outfit a classic Jeep or a Bronco SUV. They are still available for those who want to blow out their hair. But convertibles made from coupes usually shrink because the coupe part becomes thinner. A new generation sports car like the Porsche Taycan doesn’t need two doors to be a sports car. As attractive as the two-door Tycan is, no one is claiming it.
Sales of the Mercedes SLChave halved to around 2,000 units.
2020 Mercedes SLC Final Edition | Mercedes-Benz
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Sports cars, such as the Mercedes SLC, fell by half to about 2,000 units. The Nissan 370Z got a 43% discount, but that may be due to its age and the hype surrounding its successor. Even the Jaguar F-Type was down 20% and the Porsche 718 was down 14%.
All the pony cars are long gone, and the old Challenger got the fewest responses, at 18%. Mustangs are down nearly 30%, while the Camaro is down a whopping 93%. Its convertible counterpart has been almost 100% eliminated, with just 20 sold in Europe last year. Its rival, the Mustang convertible, sold only 1,800 units, or more than a quarter.
As soon as we have the figures for the United States, we will return to this worrying trend. But beware: The sports car and convertible are on the rocks. Enjoy it while you can.