Sales: Weekend Toys, March 2011

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
sales weekend toys march 2011

The sun is shining into the shrouded windows here at TTAC HQ, seriously tempting me away from the computer for the first time since Oregon’s long, grey winter set in. In celebration of the fine weather and the impending weekend, we continue our March sales coverage by taking a look at the cars we call “weekend toys.” There’s no real rhyme or reason to this “segment,” as it spans a variety of sizes and price points. So rather than seeing this as a segment of directly-competing models, just think of it as an update on the world of (relatively) irrational vehicle purchases. The chart above represents the most popular vehicles that we think qualify as sufficiently irrational… hit the jump for an extended chart, including the higher-priced, lower-volume models.

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  • Smokingclutch Smokingclutch on Apr 10, 2011

    I just picked up a leftover 2010 Challenger. Historically I have driven sporty Japanese cars (turbocharged 1990 Miata, two second-gen RX-7s, one first-gen RX-7, an RX-8, and a 2000 and 2007 Civic Si) but I decided that I wanted to get one of the new-age muscle cars before one special interest group or another and gas prices conspired to kill them off. I find the Challenger's interior to have a quality feel in most spots. The dashboard is a one-piece soft-touch affair that previewed the 2012 JGC, Charger, and 300. The only part I don't care for is the steering wheel - however, I don't think the new one in the 2011s is really an improvement. If I could change anything, it would be to replace the fake carbon fiber trim with a satin finish faux wood like the original Challenger. Personally, I'm glad that the Mustang and Camaro are selling at about double the rate - despite the car having been on the market for about 3 years, a Hemi Orange Challenger R/T Classic still gets a lot of positive attention.

    • Nrd515 Nrd515 on Apr 11, 2011

      I'm looking at swapping the fake carbon for trim painted Hemi Orange to match the car. I want my friend to do it first though, it may be a little too much. I've never had a car that gets the attention it does.

  • Bridge2farr Bridge2farr on Apr 11, 2011

    Love how the TTAC faithful can't accept Camaro/Mustang dominance in this segment!

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    • Pete Zaitcev Pete Zaitcev on Apr 11, 2011

      I know a guy who has MX-5 for daily driver, in Boston. He even drives with top down when it's -10C outside.

  • Redapple2 Cadillac and racing. Boy those 2 go together dont they? What a joke. Up there with opening a coffee shop in NYC. EvilGM be clowning. Again.
  • Jbltg Rear bench seat does not match the front buckets. What's up?
  • Theflyersfan The two Louisville truck plants are still operating, but not sure for how much longer. I have a couple of friends who work at a manufacturing company in town that makes cooling systems for the trucks built here. And they are on pins and needles wondering if or when they get the call to not go back to work because there are no trucks being made. That's what drives me up the wall with these strikes. The auto workers still get a minimum amount of pay even while striking, but the massive support staff that builds components, staffs temp workers, runs the logistics, etc, ends up with nothing except the bare hope that the state's crippled unemployment system can help them keep afloat. In a city where shipping (UPS central hub and they almost went on strike on August 1) and heavy manufacturing (GE Appliance Park and the Ford plants) keeps tens of thousands of people employed, plus the support companies, any prolonged shutdown is a total disaster for the city as well. UAW members - you're not getting a 38% raise right away. That just doesn't happen. Start a little lower and end this. And then you can fight the good fight against the corner office staff who make millions for being in meetings all day.
  • Dusterdude The "fire them all" is looking a little less unreasonable the longer the union sticks to the totally ridiculous demands ( or maybe the members should fire theit leadership ! )
  • Thehyundaigarage Yes, Canadian market vehicles have had immobilizers mandated by transport Canada since around 2001.In the US market, some key start Toyotas and Nissans still don’t have immobilizers. The US doesn’t mandate immobilizers or daytime running lights, but they mandate TPMS, yet canada mandates both, but couldn’t care less about TPMS. You’d think we’d have universal standards in North America.