Sales in the Premium Compact segment fell by a slight 2 percent in the second quarter, erasing the segment’s gains for the year so far. Just as in the first quarter of 2016, however, the performance of the segment has to be viewed alongside the other Premium segments, sales for all of which shrank so far in 2016, including double-digit falls for the Premium Mid-sized and Premium Large segments.
Highlights for first half of 2016
- The top two models in the segment, Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA, both saw their sales shrink in the second quarter, by 11 and 15 percent, respectively
- Acura ILX could not sustain its growth from the first quarter, losing 16 percent of sales compared to Q2 2015, which, much like the segment as a whole, erased its gains for the year so far
- BMW 2-series continued its standout performance from the first quarter, with sales rising by 77 percent in the second quarter, which allowed it to claim third spot in the standing, leaping over Acura ILX and Lexus CT
Note: “AP” designates models that are classified in the Alternative Power segment, presented here for comparison; clicking on the model name opens the sales data page for that model; clicking year in the legend turns the display for that year on/off