Caterham sales spike to 20-year high in 2016

Published: 17 January 2017

► Caterham sales hit 20-year high
► More than 600 sports cars in 2016
► Exports remain buoyant

British sports car specialist Caterham sold more than 600 cars in 2016 – a 20-year high for the company.

A larger dealer network and a steady flow of upgraded models helped the manufacturer swell registrations, with the new Seven 310 and Seven Sprint models buoying sales.

Who buys Caterhams?

More than half of its cars are sold in the domestic UK market, but 45% of Caterhams are delivered overseas. More than 100 were sent to France and 60 to Japan.

Chief exec Graham MacDonald said: ‘Despite the political change last year, as we forecasted, Brexit’s impact on our business has been negligible. 

‘Export customers may have benefited in the short-term due to the weaker pound but, when you look at the markets, the UK and other territories have not faltered in 2016.’

What next?

Expect more niche variants to be launched; all 60 examples of the limited-edition Seven Sprint sold out in less than a week after it was unveiled at the Goodwood Revival. 

And the evergreen Seven celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. There’s bound to be some birthday specials, we’d wager…

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