Smaller luxury cars are ideal for small families and couples who want to add flash to their lifestyle while still being able to park in town. This October saw strong activity among buyers in the segment who turned to revered German brands as well as U.S. and Japanese upstarts. Here are eight small luxury cars that are selling big across America.
Ford (NYSE:F) has taken a lot of heat for its Lincoln brand, but the luxury division showed some bright spots among American consumers in October. Especially encouraging was the performance of the Lincoln MKZ, which found 2,909 U.S. buyers despite a government shutdown getting in the way.
2.Mercedes CLA ($29,900)
Daimler AG (DDAIF.PK) took a gamble with its Mercedes brand by offering a sub-$30,000 car, but so far the move is paying off handsomely. The CLA sold 4,895 units in the U.S. in October, which landed the smallest Mercedes sixth place among luxury cars in the segment. With a compact rear seating, the CLA works best for families with young children.
Attractive styling and a 3.5-liter 268-hp V6 was plenty for customers out shopping for one of Toyota’s (NYSE:TM) luxury rides. The Lexus 350 ES and its hybrid sibling found 5,997 buyers in the U.S. in October, good enough to place fourth on all luxury cars in the small-to-midsize range.
Between the 3-Series and the 4-Series, which are currently counted together by BMW (BMAXY.PK), the automaker ran away with the most units sold in the segment. Cars like the 435i ($46,000) and others posted 11,715 units sold in October, over 5,000 more than its nearest Mercedes competitor.
GM (NYSE:GM) is cleaning up awards for both the C7 Corvette and the Cadillac CTS, which was named Motor Trend Car of the Year for 2014. Meanwhile, the petite Cadillac ATS is doing the heavy lifting. In October, 2,782 models of the ATS found new customers in the U.S., landing the small sedan in the top ten of its class.
6. 2014 Audi A4 ($33,800)
As Audi (VLKAY.PK) says goodbye to the end of this generation’s A3 sedan, American car buyers turned to the A4 to get their fix. With 3,477 units sold, Volkswagen had much to be proud of in its luxury division. The arrival of the A3 should mean even better things are ahead.
Mercedes may be cannibalizing some of its C-Class business with the CLA, but overall the automaker is selling more cars than before the sub-$30K model entered the picture. One reason is the strong performance of the small C-Class coupes, which narrowly bested the E-Class in October with 6,456 units sold in the U.S. The dazzling C63 AMG Coupe ($62,750) is included in this group.
Nissan’s (NSANY.PK) luxury brand showed some kick in October with the attractive Q50 and the G Sedan finding a receptive audience in U.S. buyers. Infiniti sold 2,127 Q60 and G Sedan models to put it on the leader’s board. The G37 starting at $32,550 has a 3.7-liter V6 capable of generating 328 horsepower on 269 pounds-feet of torque.
October may have thrown a government shutdown automakers’ way, but many of the luxury brands persevered in the U.S. with their smaller rides.