U.S. new vehicle sales surged 16% in September 2015, equalling an addition of nearly 200,000 extra new vehicle sales compared with September 2014. Even car sales, flat or in decline for much of 2015, improved by more than 6% last month.
But in the luxury car sector, where SUVs and crossovers are so frequently stealing the limelight, many cars struggled in September. The aging Audi A4 and A5 slid 17% and 21%, respectively.
The BMW 4-Series, on the upswing throughout the year, dropped 40%. The IS, Lexus’ second-best-selling car, posted a 13% drop. Mercedes-Benz’s typically hot-selling CLA sedan tumbled 18%. Volvo’s 60-Series range lost 546 sales compared with September 2014.
The Cadillac CTS, increasingly ignored even as the enthusiast media spends so much time showcasing laptimes of the V model, was down 42%.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class sales declined for a 14th consecutive month. There were other sharp declines at Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac, more too at Volvo and Lexus and Acura.
Key standouts in September included the most popular luxury cars in America. Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class, the second-best-selling premium brand car in the United States, achieved a 22% year-over-year sales increase, equalling a substantial 1375 extra sales. And BMW’s 3-Series, the most popular luxury car in America, posted an 11% improvement worth 875 additional sales.
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