The Ford Mustang has topped the US sports mid-size segment in the first half of 2018, followed by the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. These three muscle cars remained the leaders of the segment with a large gap from others.
The sports mid-size segment continued falling, and even the arrival of the new BMW Z4 in the second half of the year will hardly change this state of things.
The segment leader Ford Mustang (pictured above) could retain its position: after a 15-percent drop in the first quarter, sales grew by 5% in the second.
Its rival Dodge Challenger, on the contrary, lost in Q2 letting the Mustang outsell it by more than 5,000 units.
The Chevrolet Camaro, which topped the segment in 2010-2014, seems to be in a free-fall state now. Its sales declined by 45% in Q2 and resulted in 35% fall in the first half-year.
The Porsche Cayman after facelifting continued rising, its figures are the most considerable: +80% in Q1, +57% in H1’18. It even was able to overtake a more-affordable Nissan 370Z in Q2.
The Porsche Boxter is going through worse times: sales fell by 15% in Q2 and by 6% in H1’18.
The Audi TT sales recovered somewhat after the 41% drop in Q1, but not enough to overtake the aging Mercedes-Benz SLC, whose result is not impressive too: -17% and -27% respectively in in the first half-year.
The Alfa Romeo 4C turned out to be the loser of the segment with the largest decline of 45%.
See the overall list below:
- Ford Mustang – 42,428 sales, -5%;
- Dodge Challenger – 37,367 sales, +4%;
- Chevrolet Camaro – 23,586 sales, -35%;
- Nissan 370Z – 1,949 sale, -22%;
- Porsche Cayman – 1,806 sales; +57%;
- Porsche Boxter – 1,246 sales; -6%;
- Mercedez-Benz SLC – 1,181 sales, -27%;
- Audi TT – 949 sales; -17%;
- Alfa Romeo 4C – 134 sales, -45%.
In general, sales in the segment fell by 11.5% and totaled 110,646 units in the first half of 2018.