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


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May 2012 U.S. large luxury car sales chart
U.S. Large Luxury Car Sales Chart
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By not buying very many, Americans made the Lexus LS the lowest-selling large luxury car in May 2012. Yet in this highly competitive segment, the LS didn’t trail the segment-leading BMW 7-Series by much in terms of volume – not surprisingly, volume is low after all – and didn’t trail the 7-Series as dramatically as other segment trailers do, either. 

For example, the Acura RDX sold 11 times more often than the Infiniti EX in May. The BMW 5-Series sold 13 times more often the Jaguar XF; and 122 times more often than the Acura RL. And in the relatively tight large luxury SUV arena, the Chevrolet Tahoe sold seven times more frequently than the Toyota Sequoia.

The Lexus LS, however, sold once for every 2.5 BMW 7-Series sedans. That’s not good news for Lexus, but it means that, because of the nature of the segment, being a basement dweller in the large luxury car category means you’re not producing a car that’s as far back from the pack as is often the case. Besides, year-to-date, the Lexus LS is outselling the Jaguar XJ and Audi A8.

May 2012 U.S. large luxury SUV sales chart
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Jack up the ride height and, in many cases, lower the prices, and you’re looking at the second table in this post, the one full of large luxury sport-utility vehicles. Here, Lexus sales are rising rapidly, but the LX570 still ranks at the back of the pack. Mercedes-Benz sold just as many GL-Class SUVs as Cadillac sold Escalades, Escalade ESVs, and Escalade EXTs in May 2012. Benz’s year-to-date lead over the Escalade held steady 1053 units. 

Sales of the Cadillac, GL-Class, Range Rover, Lincoln Navigator, and Mercedes-Benz G-Class were in decline last month. America’s overall new vehicle market grew 26% in May. Through five months, the market has grown 13%. The Infiniti QX56, Lexus LX570, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and Toyota Land Cruiser have basically equalled or bettered that pace.

You can always find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for all these models – including an Escalade breakdown – by making use of the dropdown menu at the top right of this page or at GoodCarBadCar’s Sales Stats home. GCBC previously published a list of the 30 best-selling premium nameplates in America for May 2012. Yesterday, we examined small and midsize luxury SUV sales. And back on the weekend we looked at small and midsize luxury car sales. After the jump there’s detailed May 2012 sales info for large luxury cars and large luxury SUVs.

Large Luxury Car
May 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Audi A8
528
+ 6.7% 1951 – 17.6%
BMW 7-Series
1169
– 15.7% 5065 + 3.2%
Jaguar XJ
494
– 11.6% 2219 – 7.2%
Lexus LS
459
– 21.5% 2560 – 31.6%
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1022
+ 17.2% 4529 + 3.1%
Porsche Panamera
751
+ 21.9% 3486 + 19.7%


Large Luxury SUV
May 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Cadillac Escalade
& Escalade ESV/EXT
1722
– 3.6% 8591 – 13.8%
Infiniti QX56
994
+ 27.6% 5425 + 13.2%
Land Rover Range Rover
715
– 11.0% 3426 – 16.7%
Lexus LX570
387
+ 173% 2242 + 67.2%
Lincoln Navigator
585
– 4.4% 3239 + 2.8%
Mercedes-Benz G-Class
68
– 37.6% 411 – 15.6%
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
1722
– 8.6% 9644 + 14.1%
Toyota Land Cruiser
240
+ 142% 895 + 12.7%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC

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