Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – May 2016 YTD


2016 Jaguar XE S red sedan

If you’re a luxury car which sold more often in May 2016 than in May 2015, you’re a rare beast, indeed.

Part of the reason for all the red font you see below was the shorter nature of the auto sales calendar in May 2016. Compared with May 2015, there were two fewer selling days in May 2016, which didn’t begin until May 3, 2016. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – May 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – May 2016 YTD

This means that cars which showed volume declines of less than 7.7% – Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus GS, Lincoln MKZ – actually sold more often on an average sales day in May 2016 than at this point in 2015.

But the American car buying populace is steadily rejecting traditional premium cars in favour of their SUV brethren. Through the first five months of 2016, for instance, BMW’s 3-Series volume is down by an astonishing 27%, but BMW X3 volume is up 45%. The 3-Series’ loss of 9748 sales through five months – and lost sales in May – are partially made up for in BMW showrooms by the X3’s 4946 additional sales, including 720 additional sales in May.
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USA luxury car sales chart May 2016
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May 2016 also welcomed the arrival of an all-new 3-Series rival. The new Jaguar XE is the long-awaited successor to the Ford Mondeo-related Jaguar X-Type, a car which wasn’t terribly well received prior to the final copies finding customers in 2009. 

Jaguar sold 33,000 X-Types in America in 2002. In 2016, that kind of sales pace would make the XE less popular than the Acura TLX, BMW 3-Series, BMW 4-Series, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class but more popular than any Audi car as well as the Cadillac ATS, Mercedes-Benz CLA, and Volvo S60.

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 • June 2016 • April 2016May 2015

Small/Entry 
Luxury Car
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1424
1673 -14.9% 7344 6809 7.9%
3235
4352 -25.7% 16,101 18,186 -11.5%
1
4 -75.0% 3 27 -88.9%
3040
3493 -13.0% 13,413 14,423 -7.0%
2862
3008 -4.9% 12,820 11,760 9.0%
818
1341 -39.0% 3532 5618 -37.1%
1322
1119 18.1% 6503 4275 52.1%
7376
8819 -16.4% 26,157 35,905 -27.1%
3641
4049 -10.1% 16,092 18,268 -11.9%
696
818 -14.9% 2272 3905 -41.8%
1630
2353 -30.7% 7884 10,296 -23.4%
2
1164 -99.8% 54 6929 -99.2%
2367
3423 -30.9% 17,905 16,930 5.8%
103
367 -71.9% 606 1926 -68.5%
598
598
797
1436 -44.5% 3730 6005 -37.9%
2879
4345 -33.7% 14,351 19,599 -26.8%
823
1343 -38.7% 4505 5601 -19.6%
49
278 -82.4% 266 930 -71.4%
6954
7413 -6.2% 30,438 35,021 -13.1%
2310
2816 -18.0% 11,315 13,712 -17.5%
873
1507 -42.1% 4220 7352 -42.6%
42
251
199
241 -17.4% 1139 1862 -38.8%
144
293 -50.9% 691 929 -25.6%
Total
44,185
55,655 -20.6% 202,190 246,268 -17.9%
Midsize Luxury Car
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
127
239 -46.9% 614 976 -37.1%
10 -100% 76 -100%
1661
2027 -18.1% 6638 8978 -26.1%
560
838 -33.2% 2569 2707 -5.1%
3264
4257 -23.3% 17,428 20,616 -15.5%
697
1017
1082
1792 -39.6% 6390 8154 -21.6%
1209
1709 -29.3% 8603 10,143 -15.2%
123
170 -27.6% 904 989 -8.6%
515
691 -25.5% 2625 3871 -32.2%
392
488 -19.7% 3680 3144 17.0%
54
133 -59.4% 377 542 -30.4%
5373
5553 -3.2% 22,833 24,299 -6.0%
1111
1884 -41.0% 6101 9499 -35.8%
452
613 -26.3% 3032 3304 -8.2%
3250
3296 -1.4% 11,933 12,717 -6.2%
545
522 4.4% 2011 2357 -14.7%
3154
3942 -20.0% 16,155 18,641 -13.3%
51
147 -65.3% 244 640 -61.9%
415
387 7.2% 1751 2022 -13.4%
Total
20,785
28,698 -27.6% 114,905 133,675 -14.0%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ A4 includes Allroad, without which A4 sales were down 1% to 2756 in May; up 13% to 12,117 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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Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – June 2016
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Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – May 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – May 2016
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – May 2016
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