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According to statistics at goodcarbadcar.net the Lincoln MKC scored 1763 sales during the month of Sept. 2014 in the U.S., which puts it in 5th place in sales for the month within the "Small Luxury SUV" segment.
The top four "usual suspect" segment sales leaders for September were, in order, the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz GLK and BMW X3.

Below are the Small Luxury SUV sales stats for Sept. 2014:

Audi Q5----------------------------- 3240
Acura RDX-------------------------- 3230
Mercedes-Benz GLK---------------- 2646
BMW X3----------------------------- 1808
Lincoln MKC---------------------- 1763
Volvo XC60-------------------------- 1593
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque--- 771
Porsche Macan----------------------- 702
Land Rover LR2---------------------- 449
BMW X4------------------------------ 380
Infiniti QX50 / EX-------------------- 209

>Link to webpage: Small And Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In America - September 2014 YTD - GOOD CAR BAD CAR

It's interesting to see that the Q5 and GLK continue to have strong sales, despite the fact that both vehicles are due (overdue) for a complete overhaul - which is set to happen in m-y 2016 for the GLK and m-y 2017 for the Q5.
In 2nd place - actually 1st place overall when looking at YTD stats - the RDX also continues to have strong sales, despite the fact that it is missing several important luxury and latest tech features available on competing vehicles, particularly the MKC, which pretty much trumps the entire segment at this time for the largest amount of available gadgetry. It's understood the RDX will receive a significant mid-cycle refresh for m-y 2016, which I'm guessing will address all or most of its equipment/feature shortcomings.

It will be interesting to see how the MKC does sales-wise against all its competitor vehicles during the months ahead.
 

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The Mercedes GLA is going to make a big dent in everybody
 

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Lexus NX will definitely shake up the pecking order. It will be interesting to see who suffers the most from its introduction. If priced right, maybe the RDX?
 

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^ The NX has quite radical/polarizing "love it or hate it" styling, and it would appear Toyota/Lexus is going after a different (significantly younger) demographic as compared to many/most of the other vehicles in the Small Luxury SUV segment. It remains unclear at this stage what degree of impact the Lexus NX will actually have in the segment, sales-wise.

Of much greater importance to Toyota/Lexus - putting aside the NX for the moment - will be the introduction of the all-new 2016 Lexus RX, which will likely be revealed in January '15 (NAIAS/Detroit Auto Show) or latest April '15 (New York Auto Show). The Lexus RX is THE best selling luxury midsize SUV, year after year. 2013 total sales (USA + Canada) for the RX exceeded 110,000 units, which is a huge number. YTD U.S. sales numbers for the RX (to end of Sept. 2014) are 76,216.

We can debate all we want in this forum and others about our favorite automobiles and all that they entail, but in the end, to the car companies, it is ALL about sales.
 

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The problem is, once people are loyal to a brand, they stay that way until they have a bad experience with that brand.

Lincoln abandoned the platform, giving it only a afterthought for years.

Now its time to pay the piper so to speak as it will take Lincoln years to rebuild brand loyalty, something they once had, and I will bet thought they would never lose, no matter what the competition did.

And its a shame, as the MKC in my opinion is a great suv, on par or better with any of its luxury counterparts.
 

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Sales statistics for the month of October 2014 are now available at goodcarbadcar.net - and for October the MKC moved up a notch from 5th place (Sept. figures) to 4th place. For the month the BMW X3 moved down in the rankings from 4th to 6th place.
Will the MKC move into 3rd place in total sales for the month of November? ;)
Here's a link to the sales stats webpage for October: Small And Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In America - October 2014 YTD - GOOD CAR BAD CAR
 

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Close competition for first.

I recently drove the MKC and RDX back-to-back, and there was just no comparison in how they ride and handle. The Lincoln is far better.
 
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