The appearance of the two is notable: Affordable sports cars have been in short supply in recent years. The target market of young men isn't exactly flush with cash, insurance costs weigh heavily, and sports cars have a short shelf life. As much about fashion as they are about driving, they tend to wilt in showrooms after 18 months. Even the durable Mazda MX-5 Miata, starting its 23rd year on the market, has become a specialty item -- 2011 sales totaled 5,672 cars.
Herewith, some reasons to lament the eclipse of the affordable sports car and to applaud its renaissance in 2012.
Attention new car shoppers! An avalanche of models that have been reengineered and redesigned is headed your way in what may be the most intense period of new model launches ever.
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