Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America - February 2016 YTD

2015 Volvo S60
Car sales are falling.

The U.S. auto industry set sales records in calendar year 2015, but the record-setting volume wasn't powered by passenger cars. Instead, pickup trucks and SUVs/crossovers powered the auto industry to record-setting volume.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - February 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - February 2016 YTD


As a follow-up to the record-setting year of 2015, U.S. auto sales are up 3.4% and surged by nearly 7% to the best February since 2001 last month. But again, traditional cars simply aren't the reason for growth. More specifically, luxury cars are particularly worthy of blame. Car volume is down 4.3% this year; down 0.4% in February. But premium brand passenger car volume tumbled 14.5% in February and plunged 17.2% in 2016's first two months.



USA luxury car sales chart February 2016
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Rare is the entry level luxury car that isn't selling less often – way less often –  in 2016 than in 2015. From the top sellers, Mercedes-Benz's C-Class and BMW's 3-Series, through to niche models like the BMW i3 and Lexus CT200h , on to mid-tier players such as the Audi A3 and Lexus IS, almost everything is falling. 

Move up a class and the story is much the same: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series, Audi A6? Down. 

Through the first two months of 2015, 13.5% of the passenger cars sold in America were sold by premium auto brands. Their market share is down to 11.7% in 2016.

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 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 • March 2016 • January 2016February 2015
Small/Entry 
Luxury Car
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1500
95956.4%2733195140.1%
3080
3419-9.9%53196311-15.7%
---
4-100%---10-100%
2183
2279-4.2%43314662-7.1%
1951
19241.4%3425 3714-7.8%
602
831-27.6%11171674-33.3%
1085
523107%1795 89899.9%
4595
6004-23.5%788210,747-26.7%
2683
2744-2.2%45155349-15.6%
248
1089-77.2%4301759-75.6%
1591
2028-21.5%26583785-29.8%
16
1643-99.0%26 2672-99.0%
3364
3649-7.8%6278 6615-5.1%
172
346-50.3%304 812-62.6%
762
978-22.1%13841983-30.2%
2961
3383-12.5%5139 6758-24.0%
920
984-6.5%1675 1831-8.5%
37
109-66.1%95 349-72.8%
6102
7072-13.7%11,181 13,308-16.0%
1474
2606-43.4%46425097-8.9%
823
1203-31.6%1278 2574-50.3%
42
------80 ------
252
339-25.7%399 631-36.8%
154
70120%230 98135%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
36,597
44,186-17.2%66,916 83,588 -19.9%

Midsize Luxury Car
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
103
173-40.5%201349-42.4%
---
22-100%---40-100%
1064
1282-17.0%19052484-23.3%
429
22987.3%861 51467.5%
2758
3606-23.5%65536965-5.9%
1461
14381.6%24743136-21.1%
1813
1960-7.5%3626 3842-5.6%
286
20738.2%4574277.0%
494
707-30.1%9861334-26.1%
790
70312.4%1516 134712.5%
83
6233.9%151 181-16.6%
3826
4192-8.7%7226 8272-12.6%
1167
1851-37.0%24653530-30.2%
599
5597.2%11371204-5.6%
2128
183416.0%4074 366411.2%
2700
2752-1.9%54907494-26.7%
43
70-38.6%84 282-70.2%
287
316-9.2%539646-16.6%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
17,903
21,963-18.5%39,745 45,711 -13.1%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ A4 includes Allroad, without which A4 sales were up 4.8% to 1827 in February; down 4.7% to 3152 YTD.
° Mercedes-Benz USA began combining E-Class and CLS-Class sales with their February report.
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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Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America - March 2016 YTD
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