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.

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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
1464 10.2% 13,358 12,854 3.9%
4753
3884 22.4% 34,808 6170 464%
1
58 -98.3% 32 6202 -99.5%
2712
2340 15.9% 26,972 14,669 83.9%
Audi A4  ^
2482
2994 -17.1% 22,530 29,304 -23.1%
945
1204 -21.5% 9812 13,165 -25.5%
1078
740 45.7% 8472 5303 59.8%
9145
8270 10.6% 69,820 66,777 4.6%
2726
4544 -40.0% 33,762 27,934 20.9%
1710
1022 67.3% 7893 3104 154%
2295
2239 2.5% 18,839 22,535 -16.4%
150
881 -82.4% 8503 12,208 -30.3%
3557
2742 29.7% 31,603 25,864 22.2%
258
454 -43.2% 3180 5758 -44.8%
1131
1078 4.9% 11,132 13,585 -18.1%
3152
3611 -12.7% 35,389 37,038 -4.5%
1159
10,458
147
65 126% 1687 159 961%
7660
6285 21.9% 64,535 50,170 28.6%
2089
2531 -17.5% 23,253 18,207 27.7%
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
43,205 1.8% 405,728 372,487 8.9%
Midsize Luxury Car
September
2015
September
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
174
187 -7.0% 1774 2695 -34.2%
1
142 -99.3% 86 10,357 -99.2%
1713
1510 13.4% 17,072 17,167 -0.6%
626
588 6.5% 5508 6386 -13.7%
4059
1407 188% 33,838 39,168 -13.6%
1319
2282 -42.2% 14,253 22,921 -37.8%
1600
1979 -19.2% 16,023 18,386 -12.9%
212
261 -18.8% 1730 2596 -33.4%
622
206 202% 6304 3377 86.7%
266
258 3.1% 4647 4225 10.0%
329
56 488% 1905 1106 72.2%
5195
5722 -9.2% 46,962 52,910 -11.2%
1595
1592 0.2% 16,233 16,252 -0.1%
503
457 10.1% 5428 6260 -13.3%
2490
2176 14.4% 22,963 26,769 -14.2%
299
1100 -72.8% 4616 6149 -24.9%
4173
4884 -14.6% 35,325 52,609 -32.9%
892
65
182 -64.3% 1083 1393 -22.3%
463
559 -17.2% 3960 3748 5.7%
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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