U.S. sales of small luxury SUVs soared 40% in March 2016 as Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Infiniti, BMW, and Acura all contributed massive year-over-year gains. The GLC nearly doubled Mercedes-Benz’s GLK volume from a year ago, Lexus added 900 NX sales, Infiniti’s aged but updated QX50 septupled, and BMW X3 sales nearly tripled.
Plus, Land Rover added 2002 sales of the Discovery Sport, which wasn’t on sale a year ago.
The recent decline of premium brand cars is well recorded both on GCBC and elsewhere, but luxury automakers are fortunate that these profit-driving SUVs and crossovers are easily outdoing their 2015 achievements.
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Up a notch in size and price, big first-quarter gains were also routine. The new Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 combined for an additional 11,277 sales. Lincoln’s MKX is up 81% this year. Land Rover LR4 volume is up 68%.
Through the end of 2016’s first-quarter, America’s leading premium brand utility vehicle is the Lexus RX, sales of which jumped 7% to 23,796 units. The second-ranked Cadillac SRX is nearly 11,000 sales behind.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank luxury SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.