We knew Mercedes-Benz S-Class sales were going to fall. And we knew Mercedes-Benz S-Class sales were going to rise. But I can’t say we knew Mercedes-Benz S-Class sales were going to rise this high this soon.
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Year-over-year, S-Class sales tumbled 58% to 387 units in September 2013 as W221 inventory dwindled. With the stunning W222 arriving, S-Class sales jumped 75% YOY. Compared to September’s output, S-Class sales were up 395% in October.
The S-Class outsold the 7-Series, XJ, and Panamera combined and sold more than four times more often than the segment’s lowest-volume sedan, the Audi A8.
Mercedes-Benz sold 30,886 S-Class sedans in 2006 but, even if 3600 more S-Classes were sold in the final two months of 2013, Mercedes-Benz USA will hardly top 13,000 sales in 2013. Mercedes-Benz sold 50,408 GL and ML SUVs in 2006 but has already sold 57,260 GLs and MLs in the first ten months of 2013.
Lexus reported a very positive month for its LS sedan, as well. LS sales are up 50% this year after 2012 sales were down 76% from 2007’s high water mark.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. This table is now sortable, so you can rank large luxury cars any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page. The + icon has been removed from year-over-year improvements. Look instead for red font to designate year-over-year declines. We’ve also added prior year data, so you’ll spend less time hunting around GCBC for historical figures.