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

2014 Lexus IS sedan
It's not a pretty picture. U.S. sales of many of the most popular premium cars are tumbling. Quickly.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4? America's two most popular small luxury sports sedans? Year-over-year, sales of the Benz and 3-Series are down 15% and 31%, respectively.


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


As for lower-volume competitors, many are suffering the same fate. Set to be refreshed soon, the IS is down 25%, already a 3782-unit loss in just four months. 

USA luxury car sales chart April 2016
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Newer entry-level competitors from Benz and Audi? The CLA-Class and A3 are down 17% and 5%, respectively.

Up a notch in size and price, U.S. sales of the Acura RLX, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, Infiniti Q70, Lexus GS, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class/CLS-Class – among others – are tanking.

Yes, consumers are moving toward SUVs and crossovers. 

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 • May 2016 • March 2016April 2015
Small/Entry 
Luxury Car
April
2016
April
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1633
16310.1%5920513615.3%
3779
4093-7.7%12,86613,834-7.0%
---
4-100%223-91.3%
2869
3187-10.0%10,37310,930-5.1%
3130
254223.1%9958 875213.8%
813
1300-37.5%27144277-36.5%
1780
100976.4%5181 315664.2%
4681
6866-31.8%18,78127,086-30.7%
3226
3508-8.0%12,45114,219-12.4%
814
406100%15763087-48.9%
1737
2119-18.0%62547943-21.3%
4
1371-99.7%52 5765-99.1%
3670
299122.7%15,538 13,50715.0%
94
379-75.2%503 1559-67.7%
577
1170-50.7%29334569-35.8%
2654
4008-33.8%11,472 15,254-24.8%
813
1226-33.7%3682 4258-13.5%
56
158-64.6%217 652-66.7%
5645
6665-15.3%23,484 27,608-14.9%
2121
2670-20.6%900510,896-17.4%
859
1301-34.0%3347 5845-42.7%
62
------209 ------
213
400-46.8%940 1621-42.0%
146
313-53.4%547 636-14.0%
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---
--------- --- ---
Total
41,376
49,317-16.1%158,005 190,613 -17.1%

Midsize Luxury Car
April
2016
April
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
156
194-19.6%487737-33.9%
---
10-100%---66-100%
1619
2139-24.3%49776951-28.4%
543
754-28.0%2009 18697.5%
4454
42943.7%14,16416,359-13.4%
285
------320------
1335
1726-22.7%53086362-16.6%
1521
2225-31.6%7394 8434-12.3%
164
178-7.9%781819-4.6%
547
763-28.3%21103180-33.6%
506
4844.5%3288 265623.8%
77
140-45.0%323 409-21.0%
4442
4701-5.5%17,460 18,746-6.9%
1001
1711-41.5%49907615-34.5%
662
6492.0%25802691-4.1%
2129
2915-27.0%8683 9421-7.8%
4882
400421.9%14,46716,534-12.5%
47
121-61.2%193 493-60.9%
377
426-11.5%13361635-18.3%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
24,747
27,434-9.8%90,870 104,977 -13.4%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ A4 includes Allroad, without which A4 sales were up 28% to 2983 in April; up 19% to 9361 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, CT6, 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 - May 2016
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Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America - April 2015
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