Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America – January 2017


2016 Infiniti Q50S red

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3-Series, Infiniti Q50, and Audi A4 all posted year-over-year U.S. sales improvements to begin 2017. January 2017 sales of numerous lower-volume luxury cars also increased despite the market’s turn away from passenger cars.

U.S. car sales plunged 13% in January, a year-over-year dive worth 61,000 lost sales compared with January 2016. While mainstream, volume brand cars played a more significant role – midsize car volume was down by more than 30,000 units, for example – many premium nameplates increased the rate of decline.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – January 2017
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – January 2017

The Acura ILX, for instance, was down 44%. The Acura TLX, Audi A3, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz CLA, Cadillac CTS, Jaguar XF, Lexus ES, and Lexus GS all posted worse-than-average decreases. 

USA luxury car sales chart January 2017
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The BMW 5-Series, however, tumbled 80%, a loss of 3046 sales, as BMW readies the G30 replacement for the departing F10 5-Series. Don’t expect the 5-Series to continue such declines. 

But don’t expect 5-Series sales to rebound to historic norms, either. The market has moved on, and selling more than 56,000 5ers in 2017 – as BMW did in 2012 and 2013 – is highly unlikely. Only 44,162 were sold in 2015; only 32,408 last year.

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 • February 2017 • December 2016January 2016

Small/Entry 
Luxury Car
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
693
1233 -43.8% 693 1233 -43.8%
1903
2239 -15.0% 1903 2239 -15.0%
70
70
1806
2148 -15.9% 1806 2148 -15.9%
1959
1474 32.9% 1959 1474 32.9%
304
515 -41.0% 304 515 -41.0%
658
710 -7.3% 658 710 -7.3%
4032
3287 22.7% 4032 3287 22.7%
1944
1832 6.1% 1944 1832 6.1%
382
182 110% 382 182 110%
974
1067 -8.7% 974 1067 -8.7%
10 -100% 10 -100%
3206
2914 10.0% 3206 2914 10.0%
732
132 455% 732 132 455%
693
693
393
622 -36.8% 393 622 -36.8%
1423
2178 -34.7% 1423 2178 -34.7%
447
755 -40.8% 447 755 -40.8%
53
58 -8.6% 53 58 -8.6%
6453
5079 27.1% 6453 5079 27.1%
1405
3168 -55.7% 1405 3168 -55.7%
595
455 30.8% 595 455 30.8%
16
38 -57.9% 16 38 -57.9%
248
223 11.2% 248 223 11.2%
125
76 64.5% 125 76 64.5%
Total
30,514
30,395 0.4% 30,514 30,395 0.4%

Midsize Luxury Car
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
80
98 -18.4% 80 98 -18.4%
1008
841 19.9% 1008 841 19.9%
414
432 -4.2% 414 432 -4.2%
749
3795 -80.3% 749 3795 -80.3%
634
634
691
1013 -31.8% 691 1013 -31.8%
1849
1813 2.0% 1849 1813 2.0%
1350
1350
476
492 -3.3% 476 492 -3.3%
290
726 -60.1% 290 726 -60.1%
34
68 -50.0% 34 68 -50.0%
2171
3400 -36.1% 2171 3400 -36.1%
422
1298 -67.5% 422 1298 -67.5%
1167
1167
20
538 -96.3% 20 538 -96.3%
2090
1946 7.4% 2090 1946 7.4%
356
325 9.5% 356 325 9.5%
4155
2790 48.9% 4155 2790 48.9%
1
41 -97.6% 1 41 -97.6%
224
224
4
4
24
252 -90.5% 24 252 -90.5%
Total
16,119
19,868 -18.9% 16,119 19,868 -18.9%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ A4 includes Allroad, without which A4 sales were up 31% to 1737 in January.
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 – February 2017
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