In January 2014, the BMW 3-Series (with help from its 4-Series offshoot) led all premium brand automobiles in U.S. sales volume, challenged only by two Mercedes-Benz nameplates, the C-Class and much more costly E-Class.
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3-Series/4-Series sales shot up 34% from January 2013 levels. A year ago, the C-Class outsold the BMW 3er by 2383 units. The C-Class will be replaced in 2014 by a more stylish; more S-Class-mini version.
Only the recently-replaced Lexus IS and Infiniti’s G/Q50 lineup reported more impressive year-over-year increases in January 2014.
The C-Class’s 20% drop certainly wasn’t the most severe among luxury cars – and it may have been exaggerated by the CLA’s extra 2433 sales – as multiple Volvos and Acuras failed to keep pace with last year’s totals. Cadillac ATS sales slid 31%. The Audi A5 fell 23%.
Overall, however, sales of entry-level luxury car sales weren’t unhealthy in January, in part because of the improvement of the top seller but also because of new models (the aforementioned CLA and Volvo’s new V60) and important replacements from Lexus and Infiniti.
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