Between the eleven crossovers listed in the first luxury SUV sales table below, 32,209 sales occurred in March 2013. That’s up 46.5% from 21,985 a year ago.
During the same period, the Acura TSX, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Cadillac ATS, Cadillac CTS, Infiniti G, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Volvo S60 – nine cars in all – collectively posted a 0.5% year-over-year increase, which took sales up to 38,859 units.
In the premium crossover category, one of these vehicles, the BMW X1, wasn’t on sale a year ago. Among the cars, the Cadillac ATS wasn’t on sale last March. In other words, American new vehicle buyers still want entry-level luxury cars. They also want entry-level luxury SUVs and crossovers. Actually, they want more and more and more entry-level luxury crossovers. (Update: Even subtracting the RX and SRX from the “small” category, sales rose 74%. Excluding the X1, sales rose 48.5%.)
Cimarrons and 3-Series Compacts aside, luxury automakers generally aren’t stupid. If car buyers want tall but small cars, tall but small cars will be provided. Here comes the Audi Q3, a Benz GLA, and possibly even a RAV4-based small Lexus.
None of this means new vehicle buyers wish only to drive the smallest of utility vehicles. Sales of three-row utilities like the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Buick Enclave, and Infiniti JX35 all improved dramatically in March 2013.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now are sortable, so you can rank U.S. luxury SUVs any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.
Source: Manufacturers & ANDC Yes, we know the SRX and RX are in both tables. There’s too much disagreement about where they fit because of both size and base prices, so we show them in both places for the sake of comparison. Why that confuses some people, I know not. If you think they’re small, compare them with other small luxury crossovers. If you think they’re bigger, compare them with other midsize luxury crossovers. If you think the Volvo XC70 is a car and not a crossover, compare it with the luxury cars. If you don’t think Buick is a premium brand, compare the Enclave with other mainstream brand utilities. GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better, right? You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts. * Indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown