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


2017 Jaguar F-Pace S grey

Some sectors aren’t susceptible to downturns.

Indeed, the U.S. auto industry didn’t really suffer a downturn in May 2016, though “May” volume was down 6%. The auto sales calendar is a quirky one, and May 2016 didn’t begin until May 3, 2016, shortening the calendar by two days compared with May 2015. Thus, the daily selling rate in May 2016 was actually up nearly 2%. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales By Model – May 2016 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales By Model – May 2016 YTD

When it comes to premium brand SUVs and crossovers, however, sales continued to skyrocket. The smallest German trio jumped 29% thanks largely to huge gains from the segment-leading BMW X1. Up a notch in size and price, the Audi Q5-led small luxury SUV/crossover segment jumped 16%, helped along by the arrival of a new British utility vehicle, the Jaguar F-Pace, Jaguar’s first utility vehicle. 

The F-Pace is slightly larger than many of the vehicles in this segment, but it’s very affordably priced and still smaller than vehicles such as the Lexus RX and BMW X5. We’ve also included the new Buick Envision in this category, not because the Buick brand has the cachet of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi, but because Buick wants to charge big league prices for its first from-China model. 

USA luxury SUV sales chart May 2016
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Further up the ladder, double-digit percentage improvements were commonplace in May 2016: Volvo XC90, Lincoln MKX, Lexus RX, Land Rover LR4, Infiniti QX60 and QX70, BMW X6, Audi Q7. 

Meanwhile, U.S. sales of the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, and Toyota Land Cruiser all increased, as well.

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 now 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 • June 2016 • April 2016May 2015

Compact
Luxury SUV
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1719
1128 52.4% 6749 5380 25.4%
2210
1140 93.9% 10,157 4787 112%
2085
2386 -12.6% 11,065 10,136 9.2%
Total
6014
4654 29.2% 27,971 20,303 37.8%
Small
Luxury SUV
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
4566
5343 -14.5% 22,683 20,657 9.8%
4736
4280 10.7% 17,567 17,396 1.0%
3295
2575 28.0% 15,928 10,982 45.0%
371
375 -1.1% 2208 2756 -19.9%
89 89
1632
248 558% 6935 1015 583%
666
666
630
440 43.2% 5890 587 903%
2 -100% 3 65 -95.4%
813
970 -16.2% 3959 5845 -32.3%
4031
4014 0.4% 19,221 16,546 16.2%
2162
2289 -5.5% 10,122 9385 7.9%
4183
2558 63.5% 19,620 11,286 73.8%
1426
1046 36.3% 6907 5183 33.3%
1345
1707 -21.2% 6447 9461 -31.9%
Total
29,945
25,847 15.9% 138,245 111,164 24.4%
Midsize Luxury SUV
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
4208
5421 -22.4% 20,897 24,828 -15.8%
1 -100%
2663
1823 46.1% 12,128 6895 75.9%
4372
5797 -24.6% 18,186 21,643 -16.0%
712
565 26.0% 2964 2510 18.1%
1774
5777 -69.3% 17,592 24,461 -28.1%
2719
3023
4274
3141 36.1% 16,592 14,775 12.3%
511
382 33.8% 2684 2519 6.6%
900
780 15.4% 5349 3622 47.7%
1563
1674 -6.6% 8748 9657 -9.4%
1859
2182 -14.8% 9052 9612 -5.8%
8804
8000 10.1% 41,367 37,046 11.7%
298
442 -32.6% 1899 1727 10.0%
2794
1488 87.8% 12,623 6813 85.3%
4003
3991 0.3% 20,671 19,419 6.4%
1293
1392 -7.1% 6777 6691 1.3%
360
700 -48.6% 1948 2749 -29.1%
415
387 7.2% 1751 2022 -13.4%
2467
741 233% 13,323 1108 1102%
Total
45,989
44,683 2.9% 217,574 198,098 9.8%

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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