Small And Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In America – January 2016


2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

Surprised? Don’t be.

During an abbreviated auto sales month in which auto sales volume in America decreased slightly, January sales of luxury SUVs increased dramatically compared with January 2015. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – January 2016
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model – January 2016

A year ago, automakers had 26 selling days in which to generate their luxury SUV/crossover sales. There were only 24 such days one year later. Yet even the shorter sales month, a massive east coast winter storm, and a December in which many analysts believed sales were brought forward, the smallest utilities jumped 80%, the core group of small luxury utilities rose 16%, and their larger and more costly siblings rose 15%. 

USA luxury SUV sales chart January 2016
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In its 17th month, the Mercedes-Benz GLA recorded its best U.S. sales month ever, and by a wide margin. Year-over-year, GLA sales were up 80%, a gain of 1163 units.

Up a segment, Mercedes-Benz GLC/GLK sales more than doubled. 

Up another segment, the Mercedes-Benz GLE/ML posted a 17% increase.

In total, Mercedes-Benz USA sold 13,586 SUVs and crossovers in January 2016, a 32% increase. Mercedes-Benz led all premium brands in U.S. volume in the first month of 2016, and the SUV/CUV total alone was well in excess of the total achieved by every premium brand except Lexus and BMW. 

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 sortable, so you can rank 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 • January 2017 • February 2016 • December 2015January 2015

Compact
Luxury SUV
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
902
873 3.3% 902 873 3.3%
1937
518 274% 197 518 274%
3041
1878 61.9% 3041 1878 61.9%
Total
5880
3269 79.9% 4140 3269 79.9%

Small
Luxury SUV
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
3104
3517 -11.7% 3104 3517 -11.7%
2691
2927 -8.1% 2691 2927 -8.1%
2002
1341 49.3% 2002 1341 49.3%
262
396 -33.8% 262 396 -33.8%
994
188 429% 994 188 429%
1040
1040
36 -100% 36 -100%
933
1403 -33.5% 933 1403 -33.5%
3133
2812 11.4% 3133 2812 11.4%
1436
1602 -10.4% 1436 1602 -10.4%
2765
2765
84
1398 -94.0% 84 1398 -94.0%
1469
796 84.5% 1469 796 84.5%
860
1517 -43.3% 860 1517 -43.3%
Total
20,773
17,933 15.8% 20,773 17,933 15.8%

Midsize Luxury SUV
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
3576
4381 -18.4% 3576 4381 -18.4%
2336
880 165% 2336 880 165%
2584
3214 -19.6% 2584 3214 -19.6%
385
433 -11.1% 385 433 -11.1%
4778
3485 37.1% 4778 3485 37.1%
2372
2577 -8.0% 2372 2577 -8.0%
436
557 -21.7% 436 557 -21.7%
846
609 38.9% 846 609 38.9%
1361
1752 -22.3% 1361 1752 -22.3%
1608
1803 -10.8% 1608 1803 -10.8%
6956
6569 5.9% 6956 6569 5.9%
505
268 88.4% 505 268 88.4%
2052
1358 51.1% 2052 1358 51.1%
3515
3515
148
3144 -95.3% 148 3144 -95.3%
1395
1116 25.0% 1395 1116 25.0%
354
482 -26.6% 354 482 -26.6%
252
330 -24.0% 252 330 -24.0%
2375
38 6150% 2375 38 6150%
Total
37,834
32,996 14.7% 37,834 32,996 14.7%

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. This explains you’ll see the XC70 listed with luxury cars as well as with SUVs and crossovers and the Touareg with luxury SUVs and mainstream SUVs… 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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