Mercedes vs BMW vs Audi – 2012 Monthly And April Year-To-Date Sales

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Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi are the next obvious candidates for inspection after yesterday’s profile of the Japanese luxury sales battle in America, a battle Lexus repeatedly wins with ease.

Sans Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz USA is outselling BMW by 1245 units through the first four months of 2012. Audi trails BMW by 41,620 sales – at this stage last year Audi was 36,016 sales behind BMW. Their year-over-year percentage gains are all but identical, but that 16% bump equals 11,194 more sales for BMW; 5590 more for Audi. Mercedes-Benz USA, up 18% through the first four months of 2012, has found 13,805 more buyers than managed to at this point a year ago. Granted, 1331 of those extra sales have been Sprinter vans, the majority of which we can assume are commercial vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz vs Audi vs BMW sales chart 2012 U.S.

The best-selling premium German car in the United States is the best-selling premium car overall, regardless of the country or origin. BMW 3-Series sales are up 27% this year. Of the 34 nameplates sold by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi in 2012, 21 have recorded year-over-year increases.

Twenty, maybe even ten years ago, Audi wasn’t nearly so deserving of being included in a Mercedes-Benz vs. BMW headline. The A4 still doesn’t sell as well as the C-Class or 3-Series. The E-Class and 5-Series crush the A6, despite the fact that U.S. A6 sales have doubled this year. The Audi Q5 does, however, mix it up with the X3 and GLK. And the admittedly much-less expensive Audi A7 is 401 sales ahead of the CLS-Class through four months. All the year-to-date numbers for 34 Mercedes-Benzes, BMWs, and Audis are visible after the jump. Together, the 33 non-Sprinter vehicles in the list account for 13% of the nameplates on sale in America and 4.6% of the American new vehicle market’s volume.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for each and every model on sale in North America can be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GoodCarBadCar’s Sales Stats home. Each and every manufacturer was ranked by April 2012 volume earlier in the month, just as they will be ranked by May volume on Friday, June 1. The 3-Series was the 43rd-best-selling vehicle in America in the first one-third of 2012, as you’ll see when you scan this forever long list of 255 automobiles. Click the above chart for a larger view.

Ranking Automaker April 2012 YTD April 2011 YTD % Change
#1 Mercedes-Benz 88,951 75,146 + 18.4%
#2 BMW 82,611 71,417 + 15.7%
#3 Lexus 66,647 64,932 + 2.6%
#4 Acura 42,980 42,972 + 0.02%
#5 Audi 40,991 35,401 + 15.8%
#6 Cadillac 40,817 53,639 – 23.9%
#7 Infiniti 33,349 34,597 – 3.6%
#8 Lincoln 27,144 27,243 – 0.4%
#9 Volvo 21,265 21,844 – 2.7%
#10 Land Rover 13,951 11,249 + 24.0%
#11 Porsche 10,596 10,179 + 4.1%
#12 Jaguar 4401 3750 + 17.4%
#11 Maserati 834 702 + 18.8%
#11 Bentley 653 439 + 48.7%

Ranking Vehicle April 2012
YTD
April 2011
YTD
%
Change
#1 BMW 3-Series 33,701 26,590 + 26.7%
#2 Mercedes-Benz C-Class  24,531 20,425 + 20.1%
#3 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 19,201 20,411 – 5.9%
#4 BMW 5-Series 16,275 16,721 – 2.7%
#5 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 14,537 9190 + 58.2%
#6 BMW X5 12,236 10,054 + 21.7%
#7 Audi A4 11,794 12,009 – 1.8%
#8 BMW X3 9132 7987 + 14.3%
#9 Audi Q5 8432 7183 + 17.4%
#10 Mercedes-Benz GLK 8095 7368 + 9.9%
#11 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 7922 6566 + 20.7%
#12 Audi A6 5146 2573 + 100%
#13 Audi A5 5131 5021 + 2.2%
#14 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 5095 3764 + 35.4%
#15 BMW 7-Series 3896 3522 + 10.6%
#16 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 3507 3521 – 0.4%
#17 Audi Q7 2842 3027 – 6.1%
#18 BMW 1-Series 2835 3580 – 20.8%
#19 Audi A7 2805 408 + 588%
#20 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2404 552 + 336%
#21 Audi A3 2329 2277 + 2.3%
#22 BMW 6-Series 2210 521 + 324%
#23 Mercedes-Benz SLK 1558 689 + 126%
#24 BMW X6 1438 1559 – 7.8%
#25 Audi A8 1423 1873 – 24.0%
#26 BMW Z4 888 883 + 0.6%
#27 Audi TT 754 637 + 18.4%
#28 Mercedes-Benz R-Class 568 870 – 34.7%
#29 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 520 714 – 27.2%
#30 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 390 309 + 26.2%
#31 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 343 378 – 9.3%
#32 Audi R8 335 393 – 14.8%
#33 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class 273 387 – 29.5%
#34 Mercedes-Benz B-Class 7 2 + 250%

Source: Manufacturers

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