U.S. sales of Acura’s RDX very nearly tripled in January 2013 even as rivals from Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo also posted gains. Combined, sales of the RDX, Q5, X3, EX, Evoque, GLK, and XC60 rose 36% in January 2013. The RDX contributed an extra 1605 units to Acura’s total; the ILX sedan another 1558. Sales of the RL, TL, TSX, ZDX, and MDX declined sharply.
In a market which rose 14%, sales of the Acura MDX slid 10%. At 2575 units, the MDX recorded its worst U.S. sales month since January 2010. It still outsold the majority of its competitors, but surging BMW X5 sales and the mere presence of the Lexus RX kept the MDX away from best seller status.
We always expect to see lower totals reported by all vehicles in January. After a strong December, the winter blues set in and volume is dragged down to its lowest point of the year. Year-over-year growth in the small luxury SUV sector isn’t unexpected, however.
GoodCarBadCar has made these two tables sortable, simply click the column headers. The Volvo XC70, also listed with midsize luxury cars, has been added to this list for the sake of full disclosure. The Lexus RX and Cadillac RX appear in both tables for clarity reasons, as well. Click the accompanying charts for a larger view. And click any model name to find historical monthly and yearly sales figures.