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 • April 2017 • May 2016 • March 2016April 2015

Small/Entry 
Luxury Car
April
2016
April
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1633
1631 0.1% 5920 5136 15.3%
3779
4093 -7.7% 12,866 13,834 -7.0%
4 -100% 2 23 -91.3%
2869
3187 -10.0% 10,373 10,930 -5.1%
Audi A4  ^
3130
2542 23.1% 9958 8752 13.8%
813
1300 -37.5% 2714 4277 -36.5%
1780
1009 76.4% 5181 3156 64.2%
4681
6866 -31.8% 18,781 27,086 -30.7%
3226
3508 -8.0% 12,451 14,219 -12.4%
814
406 100% 1576 3087 -48.9%
1737
2119 -18.0% 6254 7943 -21.3%
4
1371 -99.7% 52 5765 -99.1%
3670
2991 22.7% 15,538 13,507 15.0%
94
379 -75.2% 503 1559 -67.7%
577
1170 -50.7% 2933 4569 -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% 9005 10,896 -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%
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% 487 737 -33.9%
10 -100% 66 -100%
1619
2139 -24.3% 4977 6951 -28.4%
543
754 -28.0% 2009 1869 7.5%
4454
4294 3.7% 14,164 16,359 -13.4%
285
320
1335
1726 -22.7% 5308 6362 -16.6%
1521
2225 -31.6% 7394 8434 -12.3%
164
178 -7.9% 781 819 -4.6%
547
763 -28.3% 2110 3180 -33.6%
506
484 4.5% 3288 2656 23.8%
77
140 -45.0% 323 409 -21.0%
4442
4701 -5.5% 17,460 18,746 -6.9%
1001
1711 -41.5% 4990 7615 -34.5%
662
649 2.0% 2580 2691 -4.1%
2129
2915 -27.0% 8683 9421 -7.8%
4882
4004 21.9% 14,467 16,534 -12.5%
47
121 -61.2% 193 493 -60.9%
377
426 -11.5% 1336 1635 -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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