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Lexus GS 430, Acura RL, BMW 5 Series, Volvo S80, Audi A6, Infiniti M35, Infiniti M45, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac STS, Sedan
#1471 of 10348 March 2005 sales in the Luxury Sports Sedan class
Apr 01, 2005 (11:27 am)
March 2005 sales in the Luxury Sports Sedan class
5 = 3,949
E = 3,608
GS = 3,209
STS = 2,954
M = 2,253
A6 = 1,681
RL = 1,376
Not surprisingly, the biggest winners were the GS and the M.
The E was the biggest loser, whose sales went down 27.4% from March 2004 (4,971 units). However, part of the reason for this may be because of cannibalization by the CLS, which sold 1759 units.
Overall brand (March 2005 vs. March 2004):
BMW = -11.0%
MB = +1.9%
Lexus = -1.9%
Cadillac = +0.1%
Infiniti = +5.3%
Audi = -12.9%
Acura = +3.6%
#1472 of 10348 Re: lexusguy [tayl0rd]
Apr 01, 2005 (11:33 am)
Very doubtful that any car maker would use magnesium in the outer shell for a car. Not only does magnesium corrode easily compared to steel of aluminum, but also explosive when it comes in contact with flames. Cannot imagine a magnesium hood used when one has to worry about vehicle fires.
May be you have a preliminary brochure, or one with a typo?
#1473 of 10348 Re: March 2005 sales in the Luxury Sports Sedan class [jrock65]
Apr 01, 2005 (12:28 pm)
I took a cue from another post-er in here who was monitoring the inventories of local Infiniti dealerships via infiniti.com, and it looks like the dealerships may have just adjusted their numbers for April.
Of the 4 dealers I've been checking, their collective inventories just dropped from 136 M's to 99 M's in stock overnight. I don't doubt that a good number of the 37 sold were signed in the last 1 or 2 days of March, but I wonder how these initial sales figures will effect the bottom lines on the M.
#1475 of 10348 Re: March 2005 sales in the Luxury Sports Sedan class [jrock65]
Apr 01, 2005 (1:10 pm)
Considering how well the TL sold last year in March, the Acura overall 3.6% gain this year is excellent. What's going on with those Euros?
Apr 01, 2005 (1:41 pm)
I'm not surprised either. The RL was out of the gate first, and got some attention, but as soon as the cearly superior GS and M hit, the RL was gone from the radar screen. Its all about GS vs. M now.
#1477 of 10348 Re: A hello from a longtime lurker. The sales figures... [importfan14]
Apr 01, 2005 (1:42 pm)
Numbers games are played and framers can do whatever they want. The old trite phrase "Figures lie and Liars figure" comes to mind. But I have nary a bone to pick with an Infiniti lover. It's a nice car. Can't imagine where all that steam comes from tho....must be a longtime lurker, fuming at the ears still seething after that drag race loss to an '87 Civic.
#1478 of 10348 Re: importfan14 [lexusguy]
Apr 01, 2005 (2:43 pm)
" Its all about GS vs. M now."
jrock's numbers showed GS sales looking good at 3,209 for Mar. but if you look at Lexus overall brand sales being off about 2% are the GS sales going to be strong enough down the road to make a difference?
Apr 01, 2005 (4:42 pm)
The other Lexus sedans, LS/ES/IS, all had double digit % decreases. Makes you think whether GS is taking sales from them.
G sedan had the best sales month, 4 years after its introduction, pretty amazing.
Apr 01, 2005 (4:45 pm)
Well, the IS is only a few months from replacement, and the LS and ES will be replaced in '07. I think Lexus will be fine.