Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America - November 2016 YTD

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Though its face is hardly fresh, under the skin, the 2017 Audi A4 is very much a new car, and that newness is paying off in the United States luxury sector where premium cars are rapidly losing market share.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - November 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - November 2016 YTD


Cohorts from Acura, BMW, Cadillac, and Infiniti tumbled in November 2016, but Audi A4 sales jumped 26% to 3414 units, the fifth consecutive monthly improvement for the top-selling Audi car.

Large Luxury Car Sales In America - November 2016 YTD

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The surge thrusting the BMW 7-Series further toward the class-leading Mercedes-Benz S-Class continued in the United States in November 2016.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - November 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - November 2016 YTD


7-Series sales jumped 18% to 1233 units, a five-month high and the first 1200+ November for the 7-Series since 2011. S-Class sales slid 21%, falling below 1500 units for the third time in the last seven months to its lowest November total since 2012. 

But the Mercedes-Benz S-Class still sold more often than the BMW 7-Series.

Midsize Car Sales In America - November 2016 YTD

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Year-over-year, U.S. sales of midsize sedans were essentially flat in November 2016, albeit down sharply compared with November 2014. Despite a huge downturn in sales of the now dead Chrysler 200 and losses reported by the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry, the segment bucked the overall passenger car trend to remain level with November 2015 results.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - November 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - November 2016 YTD


Thank the Chevrolet Malibu, still fresh off a redesign. 

Also give credit to the Subaru Legacy, an admittedly low-volume candidate that has nevertheless improved its sales in seven of the last ten months. 

The Volkswagen Passat's 133% leap forward comes one year after Passat sales crumpled post-diesel-emissions-crisis. The Passat's 6441-unit total shouldn't be confused with an impressive one – Volkswagen Of America reported 10,544 Passat sales in November 2012, 8876 in November 2013, and 6966 in November 2014.

Small Car Sales In America - November 2016 YTD

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Compact car volume took a 4% year-over-year hit in the United States in November 2016 despite the segment-leading Toyota Corolla's 12% surge. 

Helped by the inclusion of the Scion iM – now the Toyota Corolla iM – and an 11% uptick in sedan sales, Corolla volume surged to 28,262 units.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - November 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - November 2016 YTD


But remove the Corolla and second-ranked Honda Civic from the equation and U.S. sales of all of the lower-volume compact cars, combined, fell 9%. 

Large Car Sales In America - November 2016 YTD

2017 Buick LaCrosse
Full-size, volume brand sedan sales plunged 19% in the United States in November 2016, falling at more than twice the rate of decline produced by the same batch of cars through the first ten months of 2016.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - November 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - November 2016 YTD


Topped in November by the surging Dodge Charger – sales of which jumped by a third in November and are flat, year-to-date – the segment also enjoyed gains from the Nissan Maxima, the low-volume Hyundai Azera, and the niche market Chevrolet SS.

November 2016 YTD U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings - Top 299 Best-Selling Vehicles In America - Every Vehicle Ranked

2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty
After three consecutive months of decline in which the U.S. auto industry reported 159,000 fewer sales in 2016 than during the same stretch one year earlier, November 2016 auto sales grew by 48,000 units to a record-high November result of 1.38 million sales. 

Gains from America's three best-selling vehicles – all pickup trucks – certainly helped. The Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram P/U lineups combined for 10,000 additional November sales.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - October 2016 YTD
U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - November 2015 YTD


Pickup trucks weren't the only growth market, but the growth achieved by the whole pickup truck category in November was significant. The 13% gain far outpaced the industry as a whole, with pickups accounting for 25,000 of the industry's additional volume. 


Every pickup truck nameplate reported year-over-year improvements in November, driving the sector's share of the industry up from 14.8% in November 2015 to 16.1% in November 2016.

November 2016 YTD U.S. SUV And Crossover Sales Rankings - Top 103 Best-Selling SUVs In America - Every SUV Ranked

2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid cargo area
Despite a distant third-place finish in November 2016, the Honda CR-V nevertheless appears certain to end 2016 as America's top-selling SUV/crossover for a fifth consecutive year.

Toyota RAV4 sales grew 3%, year-over-year, in November. RAV4 sales are up 11% this year. But that rate of growth has not yet made a RAV4 victory likely at the end of the year. Heading into December, the CR-V is 4632 sales ahead.


U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - October 2016 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - November 2015 YTD



The transition into a new CR-V generation in December could further slow sales growth for Honda's core utility vehicle. But the CR-V streak that began in 2007 and was only briefly interrupted by the Ford Escape in 2011 seems certain to continue for at least one more year.

November 2016 YTD U.S. Passenger Car Sales Rankings - Top 163 Best-Selling Cars In America - Every Car Ranked

As U.S. auto sales rebounded in November 2016 after three consecutive months of decline, U.S. sales of passenger cars did not.

However, the rate of decline amongst passenger cars did slow in November. After falling 10% through the first 10 months of 2016, U.S. car volume slid just 4% in November 2016, a decline of roughly 20,000 units.


U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - October 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - November 2015 YTD


Heading into the final month of the year, the Toyota Camry leads the Toyota Corolla by 8205 sales, a gap which seemingly assures the Camry of a 15th consecutive year as America's best-selling car. The Corolla, including the former Scion iM that's now a Corolla iM, is nearly 12,000 sales ahead of the Honda Civic in the race to end 2016 as America's best-selling compact car.