Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – December 2013 And 2013 Year End


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In America’s slow-growing passenger car market, luxury brands combined to put up some big numbers with their entry-level cars in 2013. 

Helped along by the inclusion of the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class’s 14,113 sales in the final one-third of 2013, the BMW 3-Series-controlled category grew 16%, or 67,306 units in 2013. 

In fact, car sales dropped more than 3% in December 2013, but sales of these entry-level luxury sports sedans jumped 24%.

USA luxury car sales chart 2013
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The CLA, with its very non-luxury $29,900 base price, clearly wasn’t the only car helping out the entry-level premium field in 2013. Cadillac added more than 31,000 sales with the ATS. Sales of the 3-Series and its renamed 4-Series two-door offspring were up by 19,919 sales. 

C-Class sales have fallen every month since the CLA arrived, but ended the year up 8%, or 6554 units. Sales of the Audi A4/A5 family were up by 4994 units. The new IS helped Lexus collect 7309 more entry-level rear/all-wheel-drive buyers. (Lexus ES sales were up 29%, as well.)

Meanwhile, the highest-profile midsize luxury cars – E-Class, 5-Series, A6 – were up 7%, 0.1%, and 18%, respectively. 

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 • December 2014 • January 2014 • November 2013December 2012

Small/Entry Luxury Car
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
1573
2485 -36.7% 20,430 12,251 66.8%
1019
2142 -52.4% 17,484 28,865 -39.4%
397 -100% 857 7205 -88.1%
3979
3806 4.5% 42,130 38,530 9.3%
1384
1572 -12.0% 18,664 17,270 8.1%
1039
757 37.3% 7220 7689 -6.1%
16,737
10,745 55.8% 119,521 99,602 20.0%
3887
2979 30.5% 38,319 7008 447%
1922
5516 -65.2% 40,062 59,844 -33.1%
4568
17,816
1787
1598 11.8% 15,071 17,673 -14.7%
2 -100% 5 649 -99.2%
5414
2497 117% 35,017 27,708 26.4%
7229
7757 -6.8% 88,251 81,697 8.0%
3285
14,113
17
240 -92.9% 1361 2827 -51.9%
51 -100%
1776
2344 -24.2% 23,210 23,356 -0.6%
Total
55,516
44,837 23.8% 499,531 432,225 15.6%

Midsize Luxury Car
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
 597
18 3217% 5053 379 1233%
1795
2246 -20.1% 24,318 33,572 -27.6%
2686
1875 43.3% 22,428 18,998 18.1%
944
926 1.9% 8483 8598 -1.3%
8102
8385 -3.4% 56,863 56,798 0.1%
3217
3372 -4.6% 32,343 46,979 -31.2%
19 465 -95.9%
4 -100% 7 164 -95.7%
2670
2939 -9.2% 32,559 15,049 116%
352
350 0.6% 3578 3972 -9.9%
367
849 -56.8% 5283 9130 -42.1%
805
527 52.8% 7922 5526 43.4%
8213
7987 2.8% 72,581 56,158 29.2%
2604
2796 -6.9% 19,742 22,160 -10.9%
1074
1350 -20.4% 10,793 12,524 -13.8%
2823
1630 73.2% 32,361 28,053 15.4%
710
703 1.0% 8032 8065 -0.4%
8727
6984 25.0% 69,803 65,171 7.1%
9 -100% 30 1473 -98.0%
186
207 -10.1% 1935 3277 -41.0%
445
518 -14.1% 4882 5513 -11.4%
Total
42,897
43,675 -1.8% 419,015 402,024 4.2%

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 5% to 3543 in December; up 9% to 42,130 in 2013.
^ Combined, the new Q50 and the outgoing G were up 18% to 6490 in December, down 3% to 57,878 in 2013. Jointly, Q50 and G sedan sales were up 35% to 6028 in December; up 27% to 48,072 in 2013, and the G37 coupe/convertible and Q60 were down 55% to 462 in December; down 25% to 9806 in 2013.
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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