(autoinsidernews) - For the first time since debuting in 1989, Mazda's MX-5 Miata is not the top selling roadster in the U.S. According to AutoWeek, the Pontiac Solstice is leading Mazda's popular two-seater in 2006 sales, reports Trend.
While the Mazda is arguably the better roadster with its better handling, the Solstice has a solid sales lead over the Mazda. And the Solstice number does not include sales of the Saturn Sky, virtually the same vehicle. Through November, Pontiac has moved 18,361 Solstices, compared to Mazda's 15,873 Miatas.
It will be interesting to see what happens next year. The 260-hp Solstice GXP will have greater availability and the Mazda MX-5 Miata will be available with a power folding metal hardtop. Will Solstice sales begin to wain and the Miata will recapture its sales crown? Or will the Solstice continue to roll?