Patch's Poll: Are Convertibles On Their Way Out?

Sales of the famous drop-top vehicles have declined over the last year, and statistics show that younger people aren’t too interested in buying them, given their high costs.

Convertibles have always been a symbolic vehicle in American automotive history. From the post-World War II era onward, these drop-top sedans represented a sporty "cool" look for teenage and 20-something drivers.

But, according to a recent AOL Autos article, these once-popular vehicles are loosing steam among American auto buyers. As noted by AOL, convertible sales fell from the usual 2-percent level of the overall auto market to roughly 1 percent.

And this happened despite the fact that the automobile market is expected to be 22 percent higher at this point in 2012 compared to 2011, with sales expected to climb to over 14 million by the end of this year.

On top of that, drivers that are 35 years old or younger accounted for less than 5 percent of convertible sales last year, Smart Money reported.

Do you think convertibles can make a comeback? Or are they just too expensive and less popular to really make a dent in sales nowadays? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Flowers July 12, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Convertibles are fun but expensive. Convertibles almost disappeared in the 70's because they were unsafe. Now the passenger compartment is so deep and well protected that safety in not a huge issue. Convertibles drift in and out of popularity. On a nice clear day there is nothing like one.
Jim Braun July 13, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Yes there is...it is called a motorcycle....as for this poll, even if percentages dropped from 2 percent to 1 percent, since the overall number of cars sold has gone up, there are more convertibles being sold than before. I suspect the change in percentage has more to do with the dynamics of the recession and the fact that strapped households put off buying cars, thus messing with the ratios. I would think families are buying more cars now after holding off purchases in the recent past....plus the younger generation's unemployment rate is probably higher than the older generations...it would seem it has more to do with who is buying new cars rather than a style of car waning in popularity.
Steve from SAAC July 13, 2012 at 09:37 AM
<<"...Yes, they represent all that is cool and free spirited about driving...">> Nice capsule summary--I agree with it totally. There's nothing more wonderful than a convertible ride on a summer evening....
Chubby's Place July 13, 2012 at 03:33 PM
No way! We have always had an older convertible just to drive around during the summer months. Convertibles will always be around


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