Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – April 2014 YTD


2015 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe

U.S. sales of the Lexus IS have doubled on a year-over-year basis in each of the last six months, rising 110% in April 2014 and 119% through the first four months of 2014.

USA luxury car sales chart April 2014
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Lexus dealers are currently left to flog their IS wares in IS250/IS350 sedan form, with rear and all-wheel-drive versions. The ISC and ISF are exceedingly rare cars in Lexus showrooms. 

The IS has clearly outsold Infiniti’s new Q50 and Cadillac’s ATS this year and is outselling Audi’s A4 as well. Competing with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series for top dog status is a ways off, but keep in mind, Lexus is fighting with a much smaller lineup. 

You may have heard: BMW will soon sell a four-door hatchback version of the 4-Series (pictured above), which is a two-door version of the four-door 3-Series, which is now available in four-door hatchback form.

The IS is increasingly popular, and Lexus should easily sell more than 40,000 copies for the first time since 2008. (Lexus averaged 52,877 annual U.S. IS sales between 2006 and 2008.) But Lexus’ car division continues to be powered to a greater degree by the ES, sales of which are falling this year. 

• U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – April 2014 YTD
• U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – April 2014 YTD

Moreover, Lexus continues to be an RX-powered brand, with fully one third of the brand’s 2014 sales being generated by America’s top-selling premium brand utility vehicle. The RX outsold the CT, ES, GS, IS, and LS in April, with 1084 sales to spare.

Conversely, BMW’s 3-Series and 4-Series coupe offshoot sell more often than BMW’s whole SAV division. The 3-Series isn’t producing the kinds of inordinate gains that Lexus is with the IS – that would be too much to realistically expect, obviously – but 3-Series/4-Series growth is far outpacing its segment, the luxury car arena, and America’s passenger car market, sales of which are down 2% through the first four months of 2014.

• Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – April 2015 YTD
• Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – May 2014 YTD
• Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – March 2014 YTD
• Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – April 2013 YTD
• Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – April 2014
• U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – April 2014 YTD
• Large Luxury Car Sales In America – April 2014 YTD

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 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 • April 2015 • May 2014 • March 2014April 2013

Small/Entry 
Luxury Car
April
2014
April
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
1659
1894 -12.4% 5800 7508 -22.7%
880
1622 -45.7% 3803 5798 -34.4%
2159
55 383% 3022 798 279%
Audi A4  ^
3516
3611 -2.6% 12,203 13,406 -9.0%
1579
1809 -12.7% 5070 5810 -12.7%
727
626 16.1% 1631 1917 -14.9%
9794
8236 18.9% 34,199 28,898 18.3%
2737
2725 0.4% 10,055 12,475 -19.4%
2371
3490 -32.1% 7619 16,406 -53.6%
2626
12,645
1054
1171 -10.0% 5054 4416 14.4%
2 -100%
3780
1797 110% 15,238 6970 119%
5114
7338 -30.3% 22,143 30,250 -26.8%
1575
7704
1
184 -99.5% 63 706 -91.1%
1786
1547 15.4% 7070 7494 -5.7%
457
1716
Total
41,815
36,105 15.8% 155,035 142,854 8.5%

Midsize Luxury Car
April
2014
April
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
353
407 -13.3% 1531 791 93.6%
1694
2959 -42.8% 6546 9752 -32.9%
2132
1905 11.9% 7568 6280 20.5%
816
645 26.5% 2922 2728 7.1%
3973
5234 -24.1% 14,925 17,373 -14.1%
3270
2398 36.4% 10,929 10,260 6.5%
3 -100%
1 -100% 2 -100%
1958
2891 -32.3% 7838 10,021 -21.8%
285
261 9.2% 1203 1075 11.9%
355
388 -8.5% 1948 1956 -0.4%
418
709 -41.0% 2714 2608 4.1%
260
365
6036
5122 17.8% 21,139 21,923 -3.6%
1500
1236 21.4% 6858 5325 28.8%
795
730 8.9% 3235 3485 -7.2%
3054
4012 -23.9% 12,272 7770 57.9%
562
640 -12.2% 2045 2335 -12.4%
6056
4431 36.7% 21,928 18,120 21.0%
2
6 20 -100%%
112
123 -8.9% 724 638 13.5%
436
439 -0.7% 1346 1559 -13.7%
Total
31,013
34,531 -10.2% 128,042 124,024 3.2%

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, the 1-Series and 2-Series. Acura has done the same with the new RLX and old RL.
^ A4 includes Allroad, without which A4 sales were up 1% to 3167 in April, down 6% to 10,911 YTD.
^ Jointly, Q50 and G sedan sales were up 54% to 4151 in April; up 38% to 17,996 YTD, and the Q60 & G37 coupe/convertible was up 6.5% to 846 in April, down 32% to 2264 YTD. G sedan sales slid 43% to 1525 in April, down 59% to 5351 YTD. Total G, Q60, Q50 sales were up 43% to 4997 in April, up 23.5% to 20,264 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.