U.S. small luxury car sales chart October 2011

BMW 3-Series slid 9% in October 2011. The drop in volume of America’s best-selling premium car wasn’t significant enough for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class to grab top spot in the small luxury sector, even with the C-Class’s huge 88% jump. C-Class sales are up 7% through the first ten months of 2011.

2012 Volvo C30 OrangeVolvo is killing off the S40 and V50. The other side of their triangle, Volvo’s C30, was up 38% in October. C30 sales remain low, less than half what BMW has with the 1-Series despite the 1-Series’ 40% cliff dive. 

Moreover, C30 sales are down 17% this year. Volvo’s good news is S60-centred. Sales of Volvo’s most eye-catching current car are, at the very least, decent, and at most, 2519% better than S60 sales were last year.

Details on October U.S. sales of midsize luxury cars can be viewed after the jump.

Small/Entry Luxury Car
October 2011
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Acura TSX 
2977
+ 32% 24,698 – 2%
Audi A3
412
– 34% 5435 + 5%
Audi A4
2613
+ 6% 29,011 + 2%
BMW 1-Series
679
– 40% 7251 – 33%
BMW 3-Series
7748
– 9% 78,314 – 4%
Cadillac CTS
3918
– 8% 45,818 + 25%
Infiniti G
3824
– 3% 47,207 0%
Lexus CT
1511
—– 10,363 —–
Lexus HS
205
– 74% 2383 – 73%
Lexus IS
2640
– 15% 23,364 – 16%
Lincoln MKZ
1953
+ 6% 23,011 + 32%
Mercedes-Benz B-Class
2
—– 18 —–
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7084
+ 88% 53,212 + 7%
Saab 9-3
144
– 74% 3560 + 22%
Volvo C30
317
+ 38% 2890 – 17%
Volvo S40
51
– 86% 2926 – 39%
Volvo V50
2
– 98% 553 – 63%
Volvo S60
1746
+ 739% 17,545 + 2519%

Note: The Lincoln MKZ has moved below to the midsize luxury car group. Some larger cars remain in the small/entry segment breakdown, but that’s mainly because their price and mission are more directly comparable to that of the class-leading BMW 3-Series.

U.S. midsize luxury car sales chart October 2011

Of the 17 cars in the midsize luxury car table below which could have posted declining year-over-year sales, 12 did so. Worst among these declines was the Acura RL’s, a 91% plunge. Acura RL sales are off by 42% in 2011. 

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class was an aging car last October. The new model has helped Mercedes-Benz post a 192% year-over-year increase in October 2011. The CLS finished October 108 sales ahead of the Audi A7.

Leading the overall segment in October was BMW’s 5-Series. Normally, Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class is the leader of the pack, but E-Class sales dropped 19% in October. 

Midsize Luxury Car
October 2011
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Acura RL
22
– 91% 1001 – 42%
Acura TL
2662
– 13% 25,542 – 10%
Audi A6
1186
+ 44% 7890 + 12%
Audi A7
655
—– 4752 —–
BMW 5-Series
5044
+ 2% 43,040 + 46%
Cadillac STS
180
– 51% 3166 – 18%
Hyundai Equus
285
—– 2568 —–
Hyundai Genesis
2602
+ 10% 27,826 + 17%
Infiniti M
664
– 44% 8813 – 25%
Jaguar XF
575
– 6% 4342 – 27%
Lexus ES
4300
– 17% 31,260 – 20%
Lexus GS
266
– 52% 3346 – 42%
Lincoln MKS
981
– 10% 9824 – 19%
Lincoln MKZ
1953
+ 6% 23,011 + 32%
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
763
+ 192% 4269 + 160%
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4516
– 19% 52,340 + 4%
Saab 9-5
129
– 33% 1230 + 226%
Volvo S80
349
– 1% 4300 – 36%
Volvo XC70
443
– 9% 4699 – 19%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Note: the Lincoln MKZ has moved in to the midsize luxury car group. Some larger cars remain in the small/entry segment breakdown, but that’s mainly because their price and mission are more directly comparable to that of the class-leading BMW 3-Series. The MKZ comes across as more of a competitor for the Lexus ES than the Lexus IS.

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