February 2013 Luxury Car Sales In America

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan facelift
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class's New
Face, And Some Other Guy's Face
Strong C-Class sales have propelled Mercedes-Benz USA to a meaningful lead in the premium brand sector in the first two months of 2013. The C-Class sedan and coupe have built up a 2712-unit lead over the BMW 3-Series, which also trails the Lexus RX utility by 528 units.

Sales of premium brand hatchbacks have struggled so far this year. The Audi A3, soon to be replaced at least in part by a new sedan, the Lexus CT200h, and the dying Volvo C30 have fallen 41%, 18%, and 37% through two months. In a not dissimilar price bracket, the Buick Verano (reviewed in Turbo form by GoodCarBadCar) and Acura ILX have been wildly more popular. 


U.S. small luxury car sales chart February 2013
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Larger, but still affordable luxury cars like the Acura TL, Lincoln MKZ, and Infiniti G have posted huge declines in early 2013. The MKZ has been replaced, but inventory is low. The G37 will soon be replaced by the gorgeous Q50. In February 2013, the TL posted its fifth consecutive month of year-over-year decline.

GoodCarBadCar breaks down the luxury car segment into multiple categories, not because this is a segment breakdown site, but because we endeavour to display cars alongside their nearest competitors, if not in pricing terms than in size terms. Automakers aren't beholden to specific "midsize" dimensions, nor are they restricted price-wise by the image their logo represents. (You'll find luxury flagship sedans showcased in this post.) We're always open to suggestions on how you would like to see segments broken down, so feel free to contact GCBC Towers at your leisure.

U.S. February 2013 midsize luxury car sales chart
Of this there can be no doubt: the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series are direct competitors. Mercedes-Benz brings more bodystyles to the table, but BMW's 5er did outsell the E-Class by 37 units in February. The Benz leads year-to-date standings by 2847 sales. A facelifted E-Class, which includes an all-wheel-drive E63 AMG, should further cement Mercedes-Benz's leadership in the category, one it dominates with the 5-Series' assistance.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for all these luxury vehicles, including the mainstream players which make the voyage over from these midsize and large car sales posts, can be accessed by clicking the model names in the table below or by selecting a make and model at GCBC's Sales Stats page.

Click Column Headers To Sort - February 2014March 2013January 2013 - February 2012
Entry Luxury Car
February 
2013
%
Change
Year 
To 
Date
YTD
% Change
1997
-----3555-----
392
- 16.4%623- 40.9%
4171
+ 147%7831+ 215%
1182
- 28.0%2183- 18.1%
157
- 28.6%323- 36.7%

Small Luxury Car
February 2013
%
Change
Year 
To Date
YTD
% Change
1358
- 59.7%2684- 52.4%
Audi A4 **
3089
+ 13.6%5844+ 8.3%
1173
+ 4.8%2373+ 18.8%
393
- 35.0%697- 32.1%
6973
- 13.9%11,804- 20.2%
1474
- 44.1%2479- 44.8%
3382
-----6163-----
2566
- 43.9%5071- 33.2%
4529
- 17.7%7344- 21.2%
1532
- 26.9%2918- 25.3%
7302
+ 39.4%14,516+ 23.4%
2036
+ 5.5%3990+ 19.3%

Tweeners/Other
February 
2013
%
Change
Year 
To 
Date
YTD
% Change
2216
- 31.0%3713- 32.4%
3667
- 29.9%7215- 21.9%
5023
- 34.5%10,348- 18.1%
795
+ 6015%1592+ 5035%
2517
+ 0.2%4989+ 3.9%
4817
+ 60.7%10,003+ 85.0%
945
- 62.0%1398- 66.3%
4927
- 25.3%7919- 25.3%
5703
+ 63.1%10,543+ 57.0%
1123
- 20.5%2315- 18.1%
355
- 20.8%689- 22.7%

Midsize Luxury Cars 

Large Inexpensive 
Luxury Cars
February 2013
%
Change
Year 
To Date
YTD
% Change
11
- 60.7%24- 60.7%
16
-----16-----
1370
+ 40.9%2629+ 25.1%
588
+ 0.7%1286+ 4.8%
4248
+ 5.1%6833- 5.9%
Cadillac STS
1
- 97.0%1- 98.3%
2169
-----4069-----
270
- 4.9%523- 9.2%
514
- 55.3%927- 49.9%
588
+ 22.2%1099+ 17.4%
1108
- 53.8%2207- 11.4%
922
+ 7.6%1831+ 14.6%
579
+ 27.3%1132+ 9.2%
4211
+ 0.1%9680+ 16.6%
8
- 95.1%15- 94.9%
151
- 35.7%327- 26.7%
Source: Manufacturers & ANDC
* indicates a car that is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
** Includes Allroad
^ Includes Genesis Coupe

RECOMMENDED READING
Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America - February 2014 YTD
Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America - March 2013
Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America - January 2013
Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America - February 2012
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America - February 2013
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - February 2013
Large Luxury Car Sales In America - February 2013

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