Large Luxury Car Sales In America - December 2016 & 2016 Year End

2016 BMW 7-Series white
U.S. sales of full-size luxury cars slid 9% in 2016 as the class-leading Mercedes-Benz S-Class lost a measurable chunk of market share to the newer BMW 7-Series.


U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - 2016 Year End
U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - 2016 Year End


S-Class sales fell 14%; its share of the segment slid to 33% from 35% a year ago. BMW 7-Series sales rose 39% to 12,918 units, the highest U.S. 7-Series total since 2007. The 7-Series' share of the segment grew to 23% from 15% in 2015, earning market share not only at the expense of the S-Class but most nameplates in the class.

USA large luxury car sales chart 2016
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The Jaguar XJ was the only other nameplate to increase its sales, year-over-year. Remaining a niche player, XJ sales grew 6%, a gain of 223 units compared with 2015, but were still down 29% compared with 2013. 

U.S.-specific monthly sales figures for the Tesla Model S are not made available by Tesla. Estimates from two sources are posted below the table.

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. This table is sortable, so you can rank large luxury cars any which way you like. Mobile users can thumb across the table 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 • January 2017 • November 2016December 2015
Large Luxury Car
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015

Change
501
42418.2%4149 4990 -16.9%
348
1461-76.2%3947 8146 -51.5%
1313
12663.7%12,918 9292 39.0%
379
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436
207111%3834 3611 6.2%
609
854-28.7%5514 7165 -23.0%
193
275-29.8%2268 2398 -5.4%
1494
2163-30.9%18,803 21,936 -14.3%
36
257-86.0%4403 4986 -11.7%
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Total
5309
6907-23.1%56,618 62,524 -9.4%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
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 BMW 6-Series is listed here as it now features a "mainstream" sedan bodystyle in addition to its two-door variants, just like the larger 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. Sales data for brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Rolls-Royce etc. are unfortunately not broken down by model. Tesla, unfortunately, doesn't release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data, but HybridCars.com estimates 5300 December Tesla Model S sales; 29,156 in 2016. The WSJ's estimate shows 2400 December sales; 26,525 in 2016. 
Bentley sold 153 Mulsannes in 2016 along with 400 Flying Spurs.

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