U.S. sales of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class fell 14% in August 2016, but the top-selling Mercedes-Benz in America held on to its status as America’s top-selling premium brand car. The C-Class’s next-best-selling rival, BMW’s 3-Series, plunged 42%, a loss of 4278 sales.
The premium passenger car market is undeniably taking a hit, not an unexpected occurrence given the general downturn in the overall market. Passenger car volume is down 9% in America this year. But the steepness with which some cars are falling off a cliff is noteworthy.
The 3-Series and 4-Series at BMW, for example, combined to lose 22,304 sales in the first two-thirds of 2016.
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Lexus’ IS and RC are down by 10,117 sales. Cadillac’s whole car line, even with new vehicle launches, is down by 4815 sales. Entry-level sedans from Mercedes-Benz and audi, the CLA and A3, are down by more than 5,000 sales.
The bright spots aren’t hard to find. While Jaguar is re-making a name for itself with the F-Pace, the company’s first utility vehicle, the second-generation XF is on track to rise to a three-year high.
And long after the X-Type died, Jaguar’s new entry-level XE sedan has helped Jaguar grow its car sales by 28% so far this year, and by 82% in August.
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