If the first list of luxury utility vehicles you see below was a pie chart instead, the Lexus RX’s slice would fill more than half the circle. 96 of the RX’s 828-unit April 2011 total were RX450h hybrids. In April, the RX 450h was down 6.8%; its down 24.4% year-to-date. It was the Lexus brand’s second-best-selling hybrid last month, trailing just the hybrid-only CT200h.
Don’t get the wrong impression. It isn’t even as though the conservative Lexus RX350/RX450h coalition was able to form a Harper-like majority. 74% of midsize luxury SUV buyers chose something otherthan the RX in April. 1139 of them opted for German-designed high-riders like the Audi Q7 (up 93%) and Porsche Cayenne (up 341%), decent choices both. Then there were the British beasts from Land Rover, the LR4 and Range Rover Sport, combined sales of which climbed to 176 from 138. Meanwhile, Volvo XC90 sales climbed 18%. The XC90’s very distantly-related long-lost cousin from Lincoln, the MKT, suffered a 63% decline in April and is down 56% so far this year.
In April of last year, the eight vehicles you see in the Graph below combined to find 2241 buyers. That figure fell to 2210 in the same period of 2011, a very slight 1.4% drop. Feel free to blame the Mercedes-Benz GLK’s 25% decline. It equates to a 149-unit fall. The GLK’s two top rivals from Audi and BMW, the Q5 and X3, 11% and 13%, respectively. Sales of the Acura RDX, Infiniti EX35, Land Rover LR2 were in decline. Cadillac sold 301 copies of the SRX, up from 237 in April 2010.
Unmentioned in the Graph above is the BMW X1, 105 of which were sold in Canada in April.