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Old 07-25-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Demand for Convertibles Down, but Camaro Convertible Leading All Sales

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Market share sales numbers for convertibles is down, way down.

Convertible volumes traditionally have hovered between 1.8% to 2.0% of the market depending on the number of convertible entries available, overall automotive market health and the freshness of some of the market-leading convertibles. During the downturn, the convertible segment fell to 1.4 to 1.2% of the market.

The question now is, “Will this market be able to rebound to the 1.8 – 2.0% market share that we have seen in the past?” In 2011, we are seeing a slight uptick in convertible volumes – up about 3% from the same period last year, but this lags the overall recovery of the automotive market which increased 15.6% from CYTD of a year ago. The convertible market is losing share.

On the positive side however, some new convertible models are doing very well in the market. The new Camaro convertible is leading all convertibles with over 7,500 registrations so far this year. The Mercedes E Class and Mitsubishi Eclipse convertibles are also doing very well. The Chrysler 200 Convertible is also helping offset lost sales from the Sebring Convertible which has been a top-seller in years past. New product is one of the keys to driving sales of convertibles.

Through the first 5 months of 2011, the Camaro convertible has been the top selling convertible, accounting for 12.4 percent of the entire convertibles sold in the US.

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Old 07-25-2011, 02:22 PM   #2
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WOW ,now all they have to do is get the bugs out of the Camaro (top)
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Old 07-25-2011, 02:53 PM   #3
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WOW ,now all they have to do is get the bugs out of the Camaro (top)
Just put the top down and all the bugs will fly away.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:55 PM   #4
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:25 PM   #5
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it's great that the camaro vert is the top seller of all verts right now,
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:20 PM   #6
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how many 2011 convertible ss rs iom/ioaccent. thanks
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:41 PM   #7
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WOW ,now all they have to do is get the bugs out of the Camaro (top)
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:46 PM   #8
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It seems like the verts produced after april aren't having the top problems. Or they just haven't showed up yet ???
Still love my vert even more than my coupe !
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:36 PM   #9
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It seems like the verts produced after april aren't having the top problems. Or they just haven't showed up yet ???
Still love my vert even more than my coupe !
My (replacement) car was born March 2 and I have not had any major problems with the top (just had the plastic piece that the handle fits on had gotten pushed out of place). I my 'vert & the wait was worth it as hard as it was.
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:36 AM   #10
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Mine was born 4/18, no problems yet.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:30 AM   #11
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It's the best looking convertible out there, but hey, I'm biased!
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:11 AM   #12
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Only 7,500 delivered since February was not what I was expecting. I was projecting almost 20% but at this rate and with fall/winter coming, sales will settle between 10-12% of total sales. Unless total sales are down this year, my figures were based on last years numbers.
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Old 07-28-2011, 02:23 PM   #13
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My vert was completed 5/5/11
No issues with top operations but I do have a couple very small pulls in the top.
As far as the body goes. I have had two different dings in my passenger front fender.
Both ding were outward. The question is, How do you get a ding that is outward with a sealed fender.
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Old 07-29-2011, 10:14 PM   #14
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My vert was completed 5/5/11
No issues with top operations but I do have a couple very small pulls in the top.
As far as the body goes. I have had two different dings in my passenger front fender.
Both ding were outward. The question is, How do you get a ding that is outward with a sealed fender.
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