August 2012 Small/Entry Luxury Car Sales And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America


U.S. August 2012 small luxury car sales chart
Small/Entry Lux Car Sales Chart
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With three older brothers, one of whom was proficient athletically at a high level, I grew up rather accustomed to losing. In tennis I couldn’t win a set. In touch football, I was routinely tackled. Not until I was a lanky 15-year-old could I pose a challenge in one-on-one basketball.

The BMW 3-Series is not accustomed to losing. Not in Car And Driver comparison tests, not in the number of TV lawyers who choose to drive a small luxury car, not in monthly U.S. sales totals.

2012 has been different. Although the 3-Series, through eight months, is the best-selling luxury brand vehicle in the United States, there’ve been some rough months. 3-Series sales dropped 29% in August, for example, and four vehicles from Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Infiniti sold more often than the 3er. Three of those vehicles were passenger cars, including the not-quite-as-yawntastic-as-it-used-to-be Lexus ES, the dynamic Infiniti G, and the prestigious but small C-Class Benz. 

2012 Audi S5 Black
GCBC Has Added The Audi A5/S5 Range (S5 Coupe Pictured) To The Small/Entry Luxury Car
Sales Chart In Order To Better Show Audi Sales As They Compare With The 3-Series, C-Class,
And Infiniti G, Sales Of Which All Include Multiple Bodystyles. The A5 Will Still Be Displayed
In The Sporty Car/Luxury Sporty Car Sales Table Along With The G37 Coupe/Convertible

More than 800 of the ES sedans sold were of the ES300h hybrid variety. The ES outsold the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series, Infiniti M, and Jaguar XF – more costly and more performance-oriented automobiles – combined. ES350 pricing starts at $36,100, a $10,800 savings compared to Lexus’ own rear-wheel-drive GS350.

U.S. August 2012 midsize luxury car sales chart
Midsize Luxury Car Sales Chart
(Says July, Should Say August)

Want to go back in time? As always, historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any vehicle currently marketed in North America can be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or, for non-mobile users, near the top right of this page. But we’ve added links in the tables below which will take you directly to each vehicle’s sales page. Just click the model name. That’ll save you a couple steps.

After the jump you’ll find detailed August and year-to-date U.S. sales info for a bunch of luxury cars. Many of these cars already showed up on GoodCarBadCar’s list of America’s 30 best-selling luxury vehicles

Small/Entry Luxury Car
August 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
1733
—– 4392 —–
2103
– 7.1% 21,697 + 16.6%
715
– 6.4% 4944 + 8.3%
3187
+ 21.5% 25,195 + 6.3%
1677
+ 26.9% 11,411 + 9.1%
477
– 25.6% 5020 – 14.9%
6206
– 29.3% 60,621 – 1.1%
5136
– 11.2% 35,362 – 5.0%
6261
+ 12.9% 42,375 + 10.5%
1472
– 29.5% 12,417 + 67.6%
7
– 97.5% 633 – 67.5%
2369
– 17.3% 18,859 + 3.7%
6519
+ 37.9% 49,868 + 27.0%
329
+ 6.1% 1967 – 12.8%
1
– 99.2% 51 – 98.2%
2038
+ 32.0% 16,418 + 15.8%

Midsize Luxury Car
August 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
41
0.0% 295 – 68.5%
3201
+ 33.2% 23,612 + 15.9%
1569
+ 58.6% 11,844 + 112%
704
+ 0.1% 5531 + 62.5%
1688
– 60.7% 35,139 + 3.7%
Cadillac STS
7
– 95.2% 156 – 94.4%
2158
—– 4650 —–
296
– 0.3% 2643 + 32.7%
2262
– 30.5% 24,347 + 9.6%
666
– 37.9% 6259 – 13.6%
493
+ 20.5% 3951 + 20.2%
7557
+ 94.4% 29,581 + 26.8%
1831
+ 372% 14,563 + 421%
1019
– 32.0% 8701 + 12.0%
3327
+ 42.4% 20,899 + 9.3%
807
+ 5.5% 5400 + 93.1%
4515
– 19.8% 39,970 – 6.4%
294
– 31.8% 2442 – 28.7%
536
– 7.7% 3578 – 4.3%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC
Large-size Equus and XTS are here on pricing grounds. Genesis sales refer to both sedan and coupe. Buick, Chrysler, Avalon, Maxima etc. are listed here.

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