Who Killed the Convertible Car Market

From Polk:

20110719 convertible registrations mp02


  1. You would think with the newer hard-top convertibles being released that the market share would have increased.

  2. The hard top convertibles killed the market. Totally impractical because the roof takes up the entire trunk.

  3. But What Do I Know? says:

    Interesting stat. Do you think it has anything to do with people's unwillingness to piss away money on a convertible (that extra +10K for a few months of open air)? I say this as one who has leased a convertible Pontiac GT and enjoyed it–but it is hard to justify spending the additional dollars for the feature. . .

  4. TripleQ says:

    Melanoma. Or global warming.

  5. People with money are getting older.
    People with money are getting more afraid of being seen exposed.
    People are getting more afraid in general – just witness the prevailing reduction in car window sizes. Some of them look like loopholes.

  6. The chart needs to show a longer time period – as-is it might simply show consumers are deciding to give up a very costly option during the largest recession in 70 years. Need more data to chart a trend isolated from business cycles or median household income changes.

  7. My family owned convertibles from 1958-1972, but none of us own one today.

    With ever-increasing traffic density, it becomes less and less pleasant to ride in a car with the top (or even windows) lowered. When doing so, one is inevitably surrounded by loud motorcycles, blaring audio systems or large trucks spewing exhaust fumes.

    Also, riding in the rear seat of any four-place convertible is most unpleasant at anything over about 35 mph unless you are riding in the back of a pre-war dual-cowl phaeton with its second windshield behind the front seat.

  8. optimader says:

    the convertible has been "killed" several times now..

    the window size reduction is a market acceptance phenomena demonstrating that intelligence is indeed distributed on a normal distribution. Why would someone purchase a vehicle w/ poor visibility/situational awarness as a "safety" features? From a manufacturers standpoint, the sheemetal is cheaper than glazing as cars morph into driving appliances.