Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America - September 2015 YTD

2014 Lexus IS grey
It was mostly just the best of times. 

But for a surprisingly large number of luxury cars, September 2015 continued to be the worst of times.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - September 2015 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - September 2015 YTD


U.S. new vehicle sales surged 16% in September 2015, equalling an addition of nearly 200,000 extra new vehicle sales compared with September 2014. Even car sales, flat or in decline for much of 2015, improved by more than 6% last month.

But in the luxury car sector, where SUVs and crossovers are so frequently stealing the limelight, many cars struggled in September. The aging Audi A4 and A5 slid 17% and 21%, respectively. 

The BMW 4-Series, on the upswing throughout the year, dropped 40%. The IS, Lexus' second-best-selling car, posted a 13% drop. Mercedes-Benz's typically hot-selling CLA sedan tumbled 18%. Volvo's 60-Series range lost 546 sales compared with September 2014.

USA luxury car sales chart September 2015
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The Cadillac CTS, increasingly ignored even as the enthusiast media spends so much time showcasing laptimes of the V model, was down 42%. 

Mercedes-Benz E-Class sales declined for a 14th consecutive month. There were other sharp declines at Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac, more too at Volvo and Lexus and Acura. 

Key standouts in September included the most popular luxury cars in America. Mercedes-Benz's C-Class, the second-best-selling premium brand car in the United States, achieved a 22% year-over-year sales increase, equalling a substantial 1375 extra sales. And BMW's 3-Series, the most popular luxury car in America, posted an 11% improvement worth 875 additional sales.

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 • September 2016 • October 2015 • August 2015September 2014
Small/Entry 
Luxury Car
September
2015
September
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
1614
146410.2%13,35812,8543.9%
4753
388422.4%34,8086170464%
1
58-98.3%326202-99.5%
2712
234015.9%26,97214,66983.9%
Audi A4  ^
2482
2994-17.1%22,530 29,304-23.1%
945
1204-21.5%981213,165-25.5%
1078
74045.7%8472 530359.8%
9145
827010.6%69,82066,7774.6%
2726
4544-40.0%33,76227,93420.9%
1710
102267.3%78933104154%
2295
22392.5%18,83922,535-16.4%
150
881-82.4%8503 12,208-30.3%
3557
274229.7%31,603 25,86422.2%
258
454-43.2%3180 5758-44.8%
1131
10784.9%11,13213,585-18.1%
3152
3611-12.7%35,389 37,038-4.5%
1159
------10,458 ------
147
65126%1687 159961%
7660
628521.9%64,535 50,17028.6%
2089
2531-17.5%23,25318,20727.7%
---
1-100%---65-100%
1265
1763-28.2%12,548 16,447-23.7%
29
------79 ------
172
383-55.1%3329 3993-16.6%
134
------1900 ------
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
43,997
43,2051.8%405,728 372,487 8.9%


Midsize Luxury Car
September
2015
September
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
174
187-7.0%17742695-34.2%
1
142-99.3%8610,357-99.2%
1713
151013.4%17,07217,167-0.6%
626
5886.5%5508 6386-13.7%
4059
1407188%33,83839,168-13.6%
1319
2282-42.2%14,25322,921-37.8%
1600
1979-19.2%16,023 18,386-12.9%
212
261-18.8%17302596-33.4%
622
206202%6304337786.7%
266
2583.1%4647 422510.0%
329
56488%1905 110672.2%
5195
5722-9.2%46,962 52,910-11.2%
1595
15920.2%16,23316,252-0.1%
503
45710.1%54286260-13.3%
2490
217614.4%22,963 26,769-14.2%
299
1100-72.8%4616 6149-24.9%
4173
4884-14.6%35,32552,609-32.9%
---
------892------
65
182-64.3%1083 1393-22.3%
463
559-17.2%396037485.7%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
23,214
25,548-9.1%240,602 294,474 -18.3%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ BMW USA, previously combined sales figures of the 3-Series and 4-Series but recently began splitting the pair. 2-Series figures continue to take old 1-Series sales into account.
^ A4 includes Allroad, without which A4 sales were down 10% to 2221 in September; down 21% to 20,527 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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