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


2017 Audi A4 sedan silver

U.S. sales of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class fell 14% in August 2016, but the top-selling Mercedes-Benz in America held on to its status as America’s top-selling premium brand car. The C-Class’s next-best-selling rival, BMW’s 3-Series, plunged 42%, a loss of 4278 sales.

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

The premium passenger car market is undeniably taking a hit, not an unexpected occurrence given the general downturn in the overall market. Passenger car volume is down 9% in America this year. But the steepness with which some cars are falling off a cliff is noteworthy. 

The 3-Series and 4-Series at BMW, for example, combined to lose 22,304 sales in the first two-thirds of 2016. 

USA luxury car sales chart August 2016
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Lexus’ IS and RC are down by 10,117 sales. Cadillac’s whole car line, even with new vehicle launches, is down by 4815 sales. Entry-level sedans from Mercedes-Benz and audi, the CLA and A3, are down by more than 5,000 sales.

The bright spots aren’t hard to find. While Jaguar is re-making a name for itself with the F-Pace, the company’s first utility vehicle, the second-generation XF is on track to rise to a three-year high. 

And long after the X-Type died, Jaguar’s new entry-level XE sedan has helped Jaguar grow its car sales by 28% so far this year, and by 82% in August. 

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. Mobile users can now thumb across tables for full-width access. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • September 2016 • July 2016August 2015

Small/Entry 
Luxury Car
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1172
1660 -29.4% 10,831 11,744 -7.8%
3595
4353 -17.4% 25,632 30,055 -14.7%
1
1 0.0% 4 31 -87.1%
3032
3188 -4.9% 22,654 24,260 -6.6%
3121
2743 13.8% 21,620 20,048 7.8%
848
1043 -18.7% 5926 8867 -33.2%
728
1024 -28.9% 11,493 7394 55.4%
5885
10,163 -42.1% 45,660 60,688 -24.8%
2285
2940 -22.3% 23,747 31,023 -23.5%
1013
792 27.9% 5372 6183 13.1%
2477
2449 1.1% 14,360 16,544 -13.2%
264 -100% 59 8348 -99.3%
3745
3839 -2.4% 26,804 28,046 -4.4%
169
311 -45.7% 916 2922 -68.7%
901
2773
819
1504 -45.5% 6183 10,001 -38.2%
3525
4537 -22.3% 24,085 32,237 -25.3%
1065
1337 -20.3% 7334 9299 -21.1%
57
172 -66.9% 417 1540 -72.9%
6125
7154 -14.4% 49,734 56,875 -12.6%
1811
2622 -30.9% 17,706 21,164 -16.3%
1109
1473 -25.0% 8755 11,283 -22.0%
40
50 -20.0% 400 50 700%
342
289 18.3% 2459 3157 -22.1%
414
273 51.6% 1878 1766 6.3%
Total
44,279
54,181 -18.3% 336,802 403,525 -16.5%

Midsize Luxury Car
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
118
187 -36.9% 951 1600 -40.6%
1 -100% 85 -100%
1960
2022 -3.1% 5926 8867 -33.2%
574
757 -24.2% 4047 4882 -17.1%
2606
4012 -35.0% 26,184 29,779 -12.1%
1242
4048
1426
1730 -17.6% 10,645 12,934 -17.7%
2264
1531 47.9% 12,977 14,423 -10.0%
1497
1497
83
185 -55.1% 1237 1518 -18.5%
439
626 -29.9% 4093 5682 -28.0%
483
321 50.5% 5093 4381 16.3%
53
386 -86.3% 553 1576 -64.9%
5840
7286 -19.8% 39,230 41,767 -6.1%
1228
1795 -31.6% 9898 14,638 -32.4%
325
552 -41.1% 4083 4925 -17.1%
2754
2571 7.1% 20,415 20,473 -0.3%
516
1044 -50.6% 4473 5086 -12.1%
446
278 60.4% 3426 4317 -20.6%
4623
4006 15.4% 29,326 31,152 -5.9%
99
60 65.0% 500 1018 -50.9%
194
451
778
445 74.8% 3919 3497 12.1%
Total
29,548
29,795 -0.8% 192,972 212,600 -9.2%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ A4 includes Allroad, without which A4 sales were up 17% to 2965 in August; up 8% to 21,620 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.

RECOMMENDED READING
Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – September 2016
Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – July 2016
Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – August 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – August 2016
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – August 2016