Large Luxury Car Sales And Large Luxury SUV Sales In America – March 2012


2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Interior White Leather
March 2012 U.S. large luxury car sales chart
Large Luxury Car Sales
Chart March 2012

29% of the large luxury limos sold in the United States in March 2012 were BMW 7-Series sedans. In each of 2012’s first three months the 7-Series has led its segment. Only half of the cars in the category were able to post year-over-year increases in the first quarter. The Japanese LS, British XJ, and Ingolstadt’s A8 were down 30%, 3%, and 22%, respectively. 

Once BMW and Mercedes-Benz are out of the way, sales are split rather evenly amongst the remaining four cars. In March, for example, 14.8% of the segment was owned by the Porsche Panamera. Another 13% of buyers went Lexus’s way. 11.7% of the 4421 sales were grabbed by the Jaguar XJ. Finally, the Audi A8’s share of the segment was 9.5%. Only 235 units separated the A8 from the Panamera. Detailed March and Q1 sales figures for these six large luxury cars can be viewed in the table after the jump. Click either of the accompanying charts for a larger view.

U.S. large luxury SUV sales chart March 2012
Large Luxury SUV Sales
Chart March 2012

At the end of the post is a table for large luxury sport-utility vehicles. Lexus LX570 sales jumped 95% in March, but the big Lexus remains a mid-pack contender. Mercedes-Benz sold nearly three times as many GL-Class utilities. (The 2013 GL’s interior is shown above.) 

No large luxury SUV suffered as great a year-over-year drop as the Range Rover, but keep one fact in mind: March 2011 still stands as the only recent 1000+ Range Rover sales month, so the year-over-year comparison with last month is particularly belittling. Cadillac sold 1010 regular-wheelbase Escalades in March along with 656 ESVs and 136 EXTs. Only the ESV did better this March than last. 

As always, monthly and yearly sales figures for these vehicles and every other vehicle currently on sale in North America can be found by accessing the dropdown menu at the top right of this page or at GoodCarBadCar’s Sales Stats home.

Large Luxury Car
March 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Audi A8
418
– 25.4% 1065 – 22.3%
BMW 7-Series
1280
+ 24.6% 3380 + 22.4%
Jaguar XJ
516
+ 11.4% 1224 – 2.5%
Lexus LS
573
– 39.1% 1663 – 30.2%
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
981
0.0% 2559 + 4.9%
Porsche Panamera
653
– 0.2% 1867 + 9.8%

Large Luxury SUV
March 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Cadillac Escalade
& Escalade ESV/EXT
1802
– 9.1% 5277 – 18.1%
Infiniti QX56
1334
– 1.5% 3516 + 15.7%
Land Rover Range Rover
936
– 15.1% 2149 – 15.6%
Lexus LX570
666
+ 95.3% 1338 + 49.2%
Lincoln Navigator
644
– 13.2% 2117 + 9.4%
Mercedes-Benz G-Class
88
– 11.1% 261 – 10.0%
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
1969
+ 0.8% 5154 + 4.3%
Toyota Land Cruiser
200
+ 2.6% 441 – 15.4%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC

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