Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – November 2013 YTD


November 2013 USa luxury car sales chart
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The BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class represent a top tier of entry level luxury sports sedan class that’s typically so far removed from rivals as to be considered a class all of their own. 

To say the 3-Series (and 4-Series, which was the 3-Series and which BMW USA continues to include with 3-Series figures) is the best-selling premium brand car in America is a little like saying the Toyota Camry is America’s best-selling car overall. It almost goes without saying. And the C-Class’s number two ranking is all but mandatory.

Yet collectively, those second tier cars sell more often than the 3-Series, 4-Series, C-Class, and C-Class coupe. The 21,026 sales collected by the 3er, 4er, and C-Class in November were outmatched by the 21,410 sales generated by the Audi A4, Audi A5, Infiniti Gs and Q50s, Lexus’s IS, and the Volvo S60. 

The gap between those cars – the BMW and Benz versus the two Audis, three Infinitis, one Lexus and one Volvo – is a much more substantial 8482 units through eleven months, a figure which both points to the domination of the top two cars but also to the depth of options buyers have. And it also draws out attention to the second tier’s dominant players.

Excluding the A5 and Allroad, Audi has sold 33,201 A4s this year, a figure which doesn’t quite measure up to Cadillac’s 34,432-unit ATS total. Lexus IS sales are growing rapidly, but at 29,603 through eleven months, the IS isn’t quite as popular as the ATS, either, although it has outsold the Cadillac in every month since July. (The IS is aided to a small degree by the inclusion of the ISC. Cadillac has but one ATS bodystyle.) Volvo is way back with a little more than 21,000 S60 sales; Acura hasn’t reached 17,000 TSX and TSX Sport Wagon sales, as the ILX has surely stolen away a fair number of buyers. 

Infiniti’s sedans are the true challengers for the C-Class and 3-Series. The G sedan and its Q50 successor have generated 42,044 sales this year, but they only trailed the C-Class – coupe included – by 704 sales in November. And don’t forget the new Mercedes-Benz CLA’s own impact.

Since it went on sale in April 2011, Audi USA has sold 22,407 A7s in 32 months. During that period, Mercedes-Benz has sold 20,604 CLS-Class sedans. Since the second-gen CLS’s June 2011 debut, Mercedes-Benz has sold 20,462 CLS-Classes; the price advantaged-Audi A7’s sales totalled 22,217 during that period.

Judging the Cadillac CTS on a year-over-year basis will be a challenge in the coming months as Cadillac’s highly regarded third-gen car moves into a slightly different E-Class-oriented market. Cars.com currently shows 11,056 new CTSs in dealer inventory, and of the 4558 sedans in that total, 2431 are new 2014s, although a handful of those are Vs based on the previous-gen car. In other words, current CTS sales figures are not a reflection on the new car’s desirability quotient.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank small and midsize luxury cars any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • November 2014 • December 2013 • October 2013November 2012

Small/Entry Luxury Car
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
1582
2108 – 25.0% 18,857 9766 93.1%
1071
1768 – 39.4% 16,465 26,723 – 38.4%
400 – 100% 857 6808 – 87.4%
3561
3343 6.5% 38,151 34,724 9.9%
1305
1385 – 5.8% 17,280 15,698 10.1%
699
619 12.9% 6181 6932 – 10.8%
13,148
10,776 22.0% 102,784 88,857 15.7%
3443
2152 60.0% 34,432 4029 755%
1811
4838 – 62.6% 38,140 54,328 – 29.8%
5891
13,248
1002
1264 – 20.7% 13,284 16,075 – 17.4%
3 – 100% 5 647 – 99.2%
3973
1988 99.8% 29,603 25,211 17.4%
7878
8565 – 8.0% 81,022 73,941 9.6%
3623
10,828
27
266 – 89.8% 1344 2587 – 48.0%
51 – 100%
1426
1866 – 23.6% 21,434 21,012 2.0%
Total
50,440
41,341 22.0% 443,915 387,389 14.6%

Midsize Luxury Car
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
676
11 6045% 4456 361 1134%
1466
1918 – 23.6% 22,523 31,326 – 28.1%
2112
1594 32.5% 19,742 17,123 15.3%
816
653 25.0% 7539 7672 – 1.7%
5060
5857 – 13.6% 48,761 48,413 0.7%
2643
2798 – 5.5% 29,126 43,607 – 33.2%
2 – 100% 19 465 – 95.9%
2 – 100% 7 160 – 95.6%
3417
2414 41.5% 29,889 12,110 147%
359
341 5.3% 3226 3622 – 10.9%
364
784 – 53.6% 4916 8281 – 40.6%
656
341 92.4% 7117 4999 42.4%
6295
6066 3.8% 64,368 48,171 33.6%
1590
1826 – 12.9% 17,138 19,364 – 11.5%
734
1065 – 31.1% 9719 11,174 – 13.0%
2854
1335 114% 29,538 26,423 11.8%
754
654 15.3% 7322 7362 – 0.5%
8614
8126 6.0% 61,076 58,187 5.0%
7 – 100% 30 1464 – 98.0%
173
265 – 34.7% 1749 3070 – 43.0%
390
593 – 34.2% 4437 4995 – 11.2%
Total
36,119
36,652 – 1.5% 372,698 358,349 4.0%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ BMW USA, not GCBC, has decided to combine sales figures for the 3-Series and 4-Series, and same goes for the Acura RLX and RL.
^ A4 includes Allroad, without which A4 sales were up 9.1% to 3169 in November, up 3.6% to 33,201 YTD as Allroad fell 10.3% to 392 in November and rose 84.7% to 4950 YTD.
^ Combined, the new Q50 and the outgoing G were up 59.2% to 7702 in November, down 5.4% to 51,388 YTD. Jointly, Q50 and G sedan sales were up 85.9% to 7174 in November; down 0.7% to 42,044 YTD, and the G37 coupe/convertible and Q60 were down 46% to 528 in November; down 22% to 9344 YTD.
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better, right? This explains why you’ll see the Acura ILX here but also with mainstream cars like the Buick Verano, too, and the Audi A5 is also displayed with coupes and convertibles… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.

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