Indeed, the U.S. auto industry didn’t really suffer a downturn in May 2016, though “May” volume was down 6%. The auto sales calendar is a quirky one, and May 2016 didn’t begin until May 3, 2016, shortening the calendar by two days compared with May 2015. Thus, the daily selling rate in May 2016 was actually up nearly 2%.
When it comes to premium brand SUVs and crossovers, however, sales continued to skyrocket. The smallest German trio jumped 29% thanks largely to huge gains from the segment-leading BMW X1. Up a notch in size and price, the Audi Q5-led small luxury SUV/crossover segment jumped 16%, helped along by the arrival of a new British utility vehicle, the Jaguar F-Pace, Jaguar’s first utility vehicle.
The F-Pace is slightly larger than many of the vehicles in this segment, but it’s very affordably priced and still smaller than vehicles such as the Lexus RX and BMW X5. We’ve also included the new Buick Envision in this category, not because the Buick brand has the cachet of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi, but because Buick wants to charge big league prices for its first from-China model.
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Further up the ladder, double-digit percentage improvements were commonplace in May 2016: Volvo XC90, Lincoln MKX, Lexus RX, Land Rover LR4, Infiniti QX60 and QX70, BMW X6, Audi Q7.
Meanwhile, U.S. sales of the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, and Toyota Land Cruiser all increased, as well.
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.