US sales Q1 2016 Premium Mid-sized SUV segment

US premium midsized SUV 2

Sales of Premium Mid-sized SUVs in the US rose by 24% in Q1 2016 to 91,701 vehicles – a slightly slower rate of growth than the smaller Premium Compact SUV segment, but faster than the Premium Large SUV one. Growth in the segment was driven both by new models (Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land-Rover Discovery Sport) and existing models enjoying better sales (BMW X3, Porsche Macan, Infiniti QX50). That said, despite sales in the segment booming, some big players lost more than 30% of sales, most notably Volvo XC60 and Range Rover Evoque. While these two models will have to soldier on for a while longer before their replacements arrive, 2016 will see the release of a two major new models: Cadillac XT5, which is about to hit the market any month now, and Audi Q5 Mk II, which will join it later in the year.

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Cadillac SRX

Highlights in Q1 2016:

  • The race for the segment leader intensified, as 2015’s segment leader Cadillac SRX (sales up 5% to 12,866) is being reeled in by Acura RDX (sales up 8% to 12,212) and Lexus NX (sales up 25% to 11,375). It will be interesting whether SRX’s replacement, the XT5, will be enough for Cadillac to hold onto the segment lead in 2016
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC almost doubled on the sales the GLK captured in Q1 2015, lifting the model from seventh to fourth spot, vaulting it past its homegrown competitors: BMW X3, which held station in fifth spot despite sales rising 70%, and Audi Q5, which ranked only sixth despite finishing 2015 in second spot
  • Despite sales falling by 2% Lincoln MKC actually gained a spot in the rankings on the back of Volvo XC60 losing 39% in sales, and falling from sixth to tenth. Volvo will hope this is a temporary downturn, as its recent renewal of the 90 family means that the new XC60 is at least a year away from market
  • The new Land-Rover Discovery Sport is gaining pace, rising to eight spot, the highest it, or its Freelander/LR2 predecessors, have ever ranked. Unfortunately for its parent company, the model seems to be gaining sales at the expense of its Range Rover Evoque cousin, which lost 31% of sales and fell three spots compared to Q1 2015
  • Hot on the heals of the Discovery Sport is the newly resurgent Infiniti QX50, whose sales rose 570% compared to the pre-facelift, shorter-wheelbase model. It will be fascinating to see whether the eight-year-old model can break its quarterly sales record from Q4 2008 (4,036 units), as it came mighty close this quarter
  • Porsche Macan was another model enjoying a good quarter, with sales up 39% to 3,604, putting it further clear of its closest competitor BMW X4 (sales practically flat at 1,473)
  • Audi Allroad once again brought up the rear of the segment, with sales falling 29% in anticipation of the arrival of the new Allroad based on the latest A4

About Krzysztof Wozniak

Kriss grew up in Poland reading German car magazines, before moving to England and graduating to the British magazines, which he still considers the best in the world and continues reading them after he’d moved to the US. In college he promised himself he’s buy himself a used Porsche before he turned 30 (not to be accused of having a mid-life crisis), but instead family needs dictated a Subaru Outback. Still waiting for that perfect moment to buy a used 2008-ish Cayman…
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Comments

  1. Losange says:

    @Krzysztof – why do you mention the Audi Allroad in the list and not for example the Volvo XC70?

    I think it’s great that brands like Acura and Lexus are appreciated in the States. The rise of the GLC doesn’t surprise me, because Americans love Mercedes. Hopefully for Cadillac they can keep their lead, but it’ll be tough. The SRX/XT5 is one of the best looking cars in this segment. A lot more class and style than the Germans.

  2. Krzysztof Wozniak says:

    @Losange – good point. I think originally this data was not available, but as I check it’s available now – I will add it to the rankings soon

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