Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America - December 2016 & 2016 Year End

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The luxury car is not dead.

The luxury car isn't on life support. It's not breathing through a mask. The luxury car does not need a puffer.

OK, maybe it needs a puffer, otherwise known as a hefty incentive. Car buyers are increasingly not car buyers – they're crossover buyers. The BMW 3-Series and 4-Series lost 34,388 sales in 2016, year-over-year. BMW, however, made back 25,664 of those sales with the X1 and X3. 


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


Mercedes-Benz lost 8913 sales via its C-Class nameplate, the best-selling premium brand car in America in 2016. But Mercedes-Benz added 19,970 sales with the GLC-Class. 

Lexus lost 24,050 ES, GS, and IS sales in 2016, but added 19,945 NX and RX sales.

Car sales, including luxury cars, were falling fast in 2016. But Americans still bought and leased plenty of them. And in many cases, the customer benefited from a better deal than they would have one or two years prior. 

USA luxury car sales charts 2016
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Healthy discounts intended to move metal made most of these transactions much easier for the customer; more difficult to swallow for the automaker.

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 • November 2016December 2015
Small/Entry 
Luxury Car
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1079
1960-44.9%14,59718,531-21.2%
3621
35083.2%37,15647,080-21.1%
---
------435-88.6%
29
------36------
2904
3252-10.7%31,53835,984-12.4%
Audi A4  ^
4320
342626.1%36,987 31,83116.2%
591
1000-40.9%835412,934-35.4%
1085
2143-49.4%15,519 13,02019.2%
6740
526228.1%70,45894,540-25.5%
3634
5601-35.1%35,76346,069-22.4%
791
1422-44.4%762511,024-30.8%
2292
3451-33.6%21,50526,873-20.0%
---
31-100%59 8605-99.3%
5794
467823.9%44,007 43,8740.3%
1018
290251%3970 39490.5%
1162
------6656 ------
968
1464-33.9%890314,657-39.3%
4432
5028-11.9%37,289 46,430-19.7%
1042
1711-39.1%11,165 14,784-24.5%
54
97-44.3%632 1906-66.8%
7345
70234.6%77,167 86,080-10.4%
1876
1912-1.9%25,79229,643-13.0%
2051
148638.0%14,218 16,706-14.9%
42
104-59.6%571 28799.0%
333
29612.5%3407 4362-21.9%
240
20218.8%2725 2769-1.6%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
53,443
55,347-3.4%516,103 611,973 -15.7%

Midsize Luxury Car
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
192
15920.8%14782195-32.7%
---
---------88-100%
2016
2456-17.9%18,68622,850-18.2%
811
841-3.6%6558 7721-15.1%
2115
2985-29.1%32,40844,162-26.6%
1293
------9169------
1697
2441-30.5%15,91119,485-18.3%
3129
30701.9%22,171 23,112-4.1%
1354
------6166------
8
201-96.0%13612332-41.6%
580
786-26.2%58728449-30.5%
486
559-13.1%6665 593312.3%
80
162-50.6%834 2524-67.0%
6239
7856-20.6%58,299 64,969-10.3%
1325
3423-61.3%14,87823,117-35.6%
1845
------5261------
215
471-54.4%49516877-28.0%
2650
3207-17.4%30,534 30,901-1.2%
746
66512.2%7100 7922-10.4%
4851
5580-13.1%50,89655,888-8.9%
13
176-92.6%644 1887-65.9%
1127
------2756 ------
232
432-46.3%542551186.0%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
30,354
35,470-14.4%308,023 335,530 -8.2%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ A4 includes Allroad, without which A4 sales were up 26% to 4009 in December; up 20% to 34,687 in 2016.
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, Continental, 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 - November 2016
Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America - December 2015
Top 25 Best-Selling Cars In America In 2016
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - December 2016 & Year End
Large Luxury Car Sales In America - December 2016 & Year End

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