Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – May 2015 YTD


2015 Caidllac ATS Coupe

BMW USA reported yet another month of increased 3-Series/4-Series sales in May 2015, the 25th consecutive month in which 3-Series sales, along with its 4-Series offshoot, have improved on a year-over-year basis. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – May 2015 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – May 2015 YTD

Year-to-date, BMW’s core model line is America’s 20th-best-selling car, easily leads the U.S. premium car sales race, and accounts for four out of every ten BMW USA sales. May 3-Series/4-Series volume jumped 18%. So far this year, sales are up 20%.

USA luxury car sales chart May 2015
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The 3-Series and its direct rivals and many of their affordable “luxury” siblings combined for a 22% May improvement even as the overall car market decreased by more than 3%. New product helps, but many established nameplates are faring significantly better now than they did a year ago. 

Along with the 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class sales were up 40% in May 2015. The Acura ILX, TSX/TL-replacing TLX, Audi A3, BMW 2-Series, BMW i3, Infiniti Q50, and Mercedes-Benz’s CLA all posted meaningful increases.

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 brand 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 • May 2016 • June 2015 • April 2015May 2014

Small/Entry 
Luxury Car
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
1673
1629 2.7% 6809 7429 -8.3%
4352
18,186
4
941 -99.6% 27 4744 -99.4%
3493
2261 54.5% 14,423 5283 173%
Audi A4  ^
3008
3450 -12.8% 11,760 15,653 -24.9%
1341
1914 -29.9% 5618 6984 -19.6%
1119
957 16.9% 4275 2588 65.2%
12,868
10,915 17.9% 54,173 45,114 20.1%
818
336 143% 3905 336 1062%
2353
2497 -5.8% 10,296 12,552 -18.0%
1164
1694 -31.3% 6929 7049 -1.7%
3423
2938 16.5% 16,930 15,583 8.6%
367
1004 -63.4% 1926 3268 -41.1%
1436
1762 -18.5% 6005 6816 -11.9%
4345
4403 -1.3% 19,599 19,641 -0.2%
1343
5601
278
930
7413
5284 40.3% 35,021 27,427 27.7%
2816
1214 132% 13,712 8918 53.8%
1 -100% 64 -100%
1507
1814 -16.9% 7352 8884 -17.2%
241
553 -56.4% 1862 2269 -17.9%
293
929
Total
55,655
45,567 22.1% 246,268 200,602 22.8%

Midsize Luxury Car
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
239
324 -26.2% 976 1855 -47.4%
10
1480 -99.3% 76 8026 -99.1%
2027
2151 -5.8% 8978 9719 -7.6%
838
861 -2.7% 2707 3783 -28.4%
4257
4752 -10.4% 20,616 19,677 4.8%
1792
2905 -38.3% 8154 13,834 -41.1%
1709
1959 -12.8% 10,143 9797 3.5%
170
324 -47.5% 989 1527 -35.2%
691
398 73.6% 3871 2346 65.0%
488
416 17.3% 3144 3130 0.4%
133
227 -41.4% 542 592 -8.4%
5553
6523 -14.9% 24,299 27,662 -12.2%
1884
1753 7.5% 9499 8611 10.3%
613
851 -28.0% 3304 4086 -19.1%
3296
3714 -11.3% 12,717 15,986 -20.4%
522
623 -16.2% 2357 2668 -11.7%
3942
6168 -36.1% 18,641 28,097 -33.7%
1
4 6 -33.3%
147
110 33.6% 640 834 -23.3%
387
431 -10.2% 2022 1777 13.8%
Total
28,699
35,970 -20.2% 133,679 164,013 -18.5%

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 down 11% to 2785 in May; down 24% to 10,684 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. 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. Hyundai USA, not GoodCarBadCar, chooses to combine sales figures for the Genesis sedan and Genesis Coupe, forcing us to include the Genesis with volume-brand cars on pricing grounds before we even get to the “brand status” issue. The K900, Equus, and XTS are here not because of their size but because of their price points, their lack of direct comparability with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. 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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