Luxury car sales are falling. Hard and fast. Head over heels.
But that doesn’t mean premium automakers are in particular trouble in America. Profit margins on upmarket crossovers are typically superior to that of cars, and premium automakers are selling a lot of upmarket crossovers.
Across the sector, led by the Lexus RX, luxury SUV/crossover sales are up 16% through the first two months of 2016, a gain of 21,000 sales for the 11 premium brands which market utility vehicles.
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Of the 40 or so nameplates, including a handful of flagship models displayed in this post, only 13 are selling less often in 2016 than they were at this stage of 2016. The sharpest declines belong to the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.
The most notable improvements have been posted by the lengthened Infiniti QX50, the new Volvo XC90, the Lincoln MKX, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land Rover LR4, Audi Q7, BMW X1, and BMW X6.
On the whole, however, improvements are the norm.
Luxury SUV and crossover sales aren’t falling.
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.