The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3-Series, Infiniti Q50, and Audi A4 all posted year-over-year U.S. sales improvements to begin 2017. January 2017 sales of numerous lower-volume luxury cars also increased despite the market’s turn away from passenger cars.
U.S. car sales plunged 13% in January, a year-over-year dive worth 61,000 lost sales compared with January 2016. While mainstream, volume brand cars played a more significant role – midsize car volume was down by more than 30,000 units, for example – many premium nameplates increased the rate of decline.
The Acura ILX, for instance, was down 44%. The Acura TLX, Audi A3, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz CLA, Cadillac CTS, Jaguar XF, Lexus ES, and Lexus GS all posted worse-than-average decreases.
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The BMW 5-Series, however, tumbled 80%, a loss of 3046 sales, as BMW readies the G30 replacement for the departing F10 5-Series. Don’t expect the 5-Series to continue such declines.
But don’t expect 5-Series sales to rebound to historic norms, either. The market has moved on, and selling more than 56,000 5ers in 2017 – as BMW did in 2012 and 2013 – is highly unlikely. Only 44,162 were sold in 2015; only 32,408 last year.
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