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


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The Q3 Is 10 Inches Shorter, Bumper To Bumper, Than The Q5

News today that Audi will soon bring the Q3 to North America comes on the heels of 2013’s small luxury crossover sales results, results which show the increasing strength of the Audi Q5. Sales of the Q5 have grown every year since it went on sale in 2009.

Over at Acura, where the RDX sells more frequently than the Q5, BMW X3, or Mercedes-Benz GLK, sales of the brand’s smallest crossover jumped 52% in 2013. 

Sales in 2013 were the best yet for the RDX and the fourth consecutive year in which RDX volume has increased. 

The segment’s third-best-selling Mercedes-Benz GLK – now available with a diesel engine – rose for the third consecutive year to the highest level yet. 

After a record 2012, BMW X3 sales fell 13% as the X1 stole away a chunk of sales. It stands to reason that the Q3 will do the same to the Q5, although the A4 Allroad certainly hasn’t. Brand-wide Audi sales have increased in four consecutive years and, in 2013, were double what Audi achieved just a decade ago in 2004. In 2004, Audi’s lineup consisted of the A4, A6, A8, TT. Newer models – A3, A5, A7, R8, Q5, and Q7 – generated 85,150 U.S. sales in 2013, 54% of Audi’s total. Without the new models, comparing Audi’s 2013 sales with 2004 reveals a decline of 6.4% from that period a decade ago.

USA luxury SUV sales chart 2013
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The Audi Q5 outsells all other Audis (if the Allroad is excluded from the A4 family), but when it comes to Acura, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW, the top-selling utility vehicles aren’t the smallest. Acura MDX volume was up 49% in the fourth quarter of 2013. Mercedes-Benz M-Class sales in the second half of 2013 jumped 26%. And while BMW X5 sales fell to their lowest level in three years, the X5 still outsold BMW’s three other X models.

At Lexus, where a sub-RX model (hopefully not) based on the LF-NX Concept has yet to reach dealers, the RX was once again the best-selling premium brand utility vehicle in 2013. (The RX was also America’s 14th-best-selling SUV/crossover overall.) Cadillac’s second-ranked SRX trailed the Lexus RX, which brings in 38% of Lexus’s U.S. volume, by 47,144 sales in 2013, the RX’s best sales year since 2006.

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 SUVs and crossovers 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
Luxury SUV
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
4215
4024 4.7% 44,750 29,520 51.6%
4794
3626 32.2% 40,355 28,671 40.8%
2741
2806 -2.3% 26,512 8947 196%
3707
5162 -28.2% 30,623 35,173 -12.9%
295
334 -11.7% 2164 3495 -38.1%
385
246 56.5% 3315 3113 6.5%
1186
1117 6.2% 11,405 8901 28.1%
3229
3004 7.5% 32,553 29,364 10.9%
1581
1760 -10.2% 19,766 19,139 3.3%
Total
22,133
22,079 0.2% 211,443 166,323 27.1%

Midsize Luxury SUV
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
6538
5069 29.0% 53,040 50,854 4.3%
14
50 -72.0% 361 775 -53.4%
2279
1493 52.6% 15,978 11,008 45.1%
1953
5722 -65.9% 39,818 44,445 -10.4%
722
1039 -30.5% 5549 6749 -17.8%
6074
6400 -5.1% 56,776 57,485 -1.2%
586
988 -40.7% 6380 10,424 -38.8%
3744
2708 38.3% 31,602 21,674 45.8%
548
774 -29.2% 7093 7316 -3.0%
2305
2003 15.1% 15,976 16,491 -3.1%
1830
1407 30.1% 12,136 11,039 9.9%
13,169
12,534 5.1% 103,920 95,381 9.0%
598
653 -8.4% 6014 7094 -15.2%
2547
2617 -2.7% 23,913 25,107 -4.8%
4485
4241 5.8% 41,326 38,101 8.5%
1379
1565 -11.9% 18,507 15,545 19.1%
818
1408 -41.9% 8233 10,553 -22.0%
445
518 -14.1% 4882 5513 -11.4%
688
873 -21.2% 6845 9513 1.8%
Total
50,722
52,062 -2.6% 458,349 445,067 3.0%

Source: Automakers & ANDC 
* indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
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 Volkswagen Touareg and Volvo XC70 here but also with mainstream brand SUVs and midsize luxury cars, respectively… 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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