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‘Sports’ car sales plummet in October

Sales of dedicated sports cars fell off a cliff last month, with industry database VFACTS recording a 23.6 per cent drop over the same month in 2014.

This statistic is a significant outlier, given sports car sales as a whole are down by a comparatively modest 3.8 per cent for the year so far.

Naturally, the concept of a ‘sports car’ is a slippery one. But for the sake of categorisation, VFACTS limits the segment to hardtops and convertibles with two doors with a performance/aesthetic bent or both.

The top-selling Toyota 86 fell from 330 units last October to 231 this time around, while the Hyundai Veloster dropped by two-third, from 466 to 155 despite a relatively recent update.

Few cars here were up, with other segment staples such as the BMW 2 Series (140 to 109); Audi A3 convertible (116 to 76); Subaru BRZ (75 to 34) and Kia Pro_Cee’d (34 to 28) all dropping compared to the same month last year.

Published: Thursday, November 5, 2015

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