Large Luxury Car Sales And Large Luxury SUV Sales In America – October 2011


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Of the 4761 large luxury sedans sold in the United States in October, very nearly two-thirds were German. Audi’s share of the market stood at 8% in October 2011 as sales jumped 991% from the same period last year. Despite the significant increase, Audi’s new A8 is still the least popular car in its class. 

At the top sits the Mercedes-Benz S-class. Sales of the biggest Benz, nearly 10,000 of which have been sold this year, fell 48% in October, however, making way for the BMW 7-Series. 7-Series sales jumped 62% in October but are down 15% this year. But the 7-Series wasn’t the class-leading car in October 2011, either. 

October 2011’s large luxury crown is worn by the Lexus LS. Sales of the LS sales were down, but only by 16 units. That’s a much better performance than Lexus has achieved on year-to-date terms, as the big Lexus has struggled since Japan’s March 11 earthquake. Year-to-date LS sales are down by 1931 units. Lexus owned a quarter of America’s large luxury car market last month, a fact which is very visible in the chart below. 

Keep scrolling after the jump for a look at more detailed sales figures on large limos and large luxury sport-utility vehicles.

U.S. large luxury car sales chart October 2011
Large Luxury Car
October 2011
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Audi A8
382
+ 991% 4561 + 565%
BMW 7-Series
1103
+ 62% 8853 – 15%
Jaguar XJ
552
+ 12% 4752 + 48%
Lexus LS
1186
– 1% 7558 – 20%
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
927
– 48% 9804 – 15%
Porsche Panamera
611
– 18% 5795 – 8%

Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class may have struggled in October, but the GL-Class did not. Sales of the seriously capable Benz were up 13% last month and have improved at a 22% clip through the first ten months of this year.

At Lexus, the company’s GL-Class-rival was way down from what was an already low-volume October 2010. LX570 sales are down 14% this year but slid 34% in October even as the brand’s LS limo regained control of its segment.

Over at Cadillac, 62% of Escalade sales were formed by the regular-wheelbase Escalade. Another 31% were long-wheelbase Escalade ESVs. 7% of Escalade sales were of the Avalanche-based EXT variety. Details on these SUVs and a handful of others can be seen in the table and chart below.

Large Luxury SUV
October 2011
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Cadillac Escalade
& Escalade ESV/EXT
2309
– 12% 19,985 – 4%
Infiniti QX56
1244
+ 8% 10,247 + 14%
Land Rover Range Rover
921
+ 18% 8206 + 15%
Lexus LX
266
– 34% 2578 – 14%
Lincoln Navigator
730
0% 6356 – 5%
Mercedes-Benz G-Class
80
– 29% 1077 + 49%
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2128
+ 13% 19,324 + 22%
Toyota Land Cruiser
137
– 20% 1363 – 6%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC

U.S. large luxury SUV sales chart October 2011

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