Sales of the Jaguar XJ, America’s 208th-best-selling vehicle, are down 6% this year. XJ sales last year were the highest they’d been since 2005. 2011 year-end XJ volume was, however, down 50% from ’04 levels.
The BMW 7-Series, often the monthly winner in the U.S. large luxury category, fell to sixth in its seven car class in September 2012. 7-Series sales plunged 47% year-over-year. Monthly volume has been inconsistent all year long.
Large Luxury Car Sales Chart
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Audi A8 sales shot up 34% last month but remain off last year’s pace. A8 volume last year was higher than it had been since 2004. The Lexus LS has also taken a hit this year, but that was expected. A new LS will redeem some of the big Lexus’s market share. The LS was 9145-units stronger than the next-best Mercedes-Benz S-Class in 2007.
Update: September’s large luxury results now include the BMW 6-Series. The Gran Coupe may not offer the lounging capacity of a long-wheelbase S-Class, but on pricing grounds, it’s far beyond traditional midsize alternatives. Keep in mind, the 6-Series remains a part of the premium sporty car sales breakdown.
The S-Class was America’s best-selling large luxury car in September, although sales of the biggest Benz sedan slid 36% last month and are down 7.5% this year. Conversely, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is also America’s best-selling large luxury SUV. But GL-Class sales, though down 23% in September, are up 2% this year. The GL is 1121 units ahead of the Escalade family. It’s perhaps not wise to expect the upcoming fourth-generation Land Rover Range Rover to sell like an Escalade or GL, but a Range Rover increase nevertheless seems predictable.
Large Luxury SUV Sales Chart
Only six of these 15 luxury flagships on sale in America posted year-over-year sales increases in September 2012. America’s new vehicle market was 12.8% better than it was a year ago. So far this year, the large luxury car category is down 3.9%. America’s large luxury SUV category is up just 1%.
Historical monthly and yearly sales results for 282 different vehicles can be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or, for non-mobile users, near the top right of this page. Click any model from the tables below to go directly to its specific sales results page.
After the jump you’ll find detailed September and year-to-date sales info for six cars and eight SUVs. Smaller and less expensive cars and SUVs were profiled earlier. You’ll find big cars like the Hyundai Equus and Cadillac XTS there. The two accompanying charts rank cars by volume rather than listing alphabetically; click any of them for a larger view.