I saw this interesting article on Pistonheads about the new Golf GTi and how sales have declined over the years:
New Golf GTI: too little, too late? - PistonHeads
It seems that just 1770 Golf GTi's (3.2% of total Golf sales, down from 25% or 6000 sales at best) were sold in 2012.
I was even more surprised that only 306 RS Megane's were sold in 2012 (down from 772 in 2010).
I thought I'd build on that idea and look at a few other cars via How Many Left?
The Scooby WRX STi sold just 200 in 2012, down from 5300 in 2003 - when you used to have to wait in line for a Subaru - and we all know what has happened to that model.
The RS3 sold 440 in 2011 and another 220 in the 3/4 of 2012 (estimated 300 for whole year?) so 660 in total which seems strong given the price in comparison to the Golf GTi.
For full year figures I've used 2011 and Audi sold 400 (203 in '12) R8's & over 7000 (5000ish in '12) TT's - not easy to break those down further to model/fuel.
Meanwhile Nissan shifted 370 GT-R's and 405 370Z.
I'm not sure exactly what it all means but I read it as bad for the GTi type cars. It suggests quite a few people have moved to a TT! I'm well aware of the halo effect of top spec cars but even so this looks like we could see the decline of a good few performance cars over the next few years. I want cars like the RS Megane to still be around for track blasting fun and to keep the likes of Audi innovating and making the RS3 / TTRS even better.
Over 6500 Toyota Prius were sold in 2011 I seriously hope that isn't the future we're all headed for!