Top 30 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America – January 2011


Restoration is, according to dictionary.com, a return of something to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition. One glance at U.S. auto sales data will tell you the restoration is underway, but not yet complete. The total market was worth 819,938 sales in January. That’s up from 2010; way up from January 2009. But compared with January 2001, the total new vehicle market last month was down 30%. Let’s call the situation “mid-reno.”

Fewer than one quarter of the automobiles on this list of America’s Top 30 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles posted lower sales in January 2010 than they did in January 2009. Look further back, however, and the numbers remain discouraging in spite of year-over-year gains. Yes, the BMW 3-Series is up 6.4% over January 2010, but the 3-Series is down 31.3% compared with January 2003. Sure, there are numerous variables one must consider before comparing sales from eight years ago with data from today, not the least of which is a luxury market filled with niche players. 

More importantly, automakers are adjusting to the smaller overall market. General Motors and its luxury representative, Cadillac, are a smaller company designed to compete in a smaller market. Indeed, this is a necessary step. While Cadillac is up 49.1% over last year; the company is down 10.5% from January 2003. The best news for Cadillac may be its across-the-board gains in January. Other than the STS and defunct XLR, ever model posted increases in January 2011. Two Cadillacs are in the top 10 below; the Escalade slid into 13th (up five spots from 2010’s year end numbers) and the DTS more than doubled up on January 2010’s figures.

Numerous automakers fielded four vehicles for this list. Mercedes-Benz leads the pack with five entrants in the Top 30, not a surprising fact given Benz’s position as America’s best-selling luxury auto brand in January 2011.

Rank
Car
Status*
January 2011
Last Month
January 2010
#1
Lexus RX
5881
12,090
5688
#2
BMW 3-Series
5763
10,067
5418
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4759
5638
3824
#4
Cadillac CTS
4362
5171
2565
#5
BMW 5-Series
4350
5045
2469
#6
Infiniti G
4324
7073
3763
#7
Cadillac SRX
4236
5865
3234
#8
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
4172
4924
4028
#9
Acura MDX
3127
5887
2358
#10
BMW X5
3038
3939
2458
#11
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
2484
3783
1927
#12
Audi A4
2483
3513
2763
#13
Cadillac Escalade
2259
3814
1754
#14
Lexus ES
2215
5469
2923
#15
Lexus IS
1992
3782
2203
#16
Acura TSX
1941
4393
1806
#17
Hyundai Genesis
1783
2423
1670
#18
Mercedes-Benz GLK
1625
1684
1803
#19
Acura TL
1592
3275
1986
#20
Audi Q5
1584
2473
1050
#21
Lincoln MKZ
1574
2502
1340
#22
Lincoln MKX
1546
2261
2198
#23
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
1518
2026
1225
#24
Cadillac DTS
1365
1538
618
#25
Lexus GX
1135
2246
1529
#26
BMW X3
1075
849
288
#27
Audi A5
1054
1455
1051
#28
Porsche Cayenne
1047
1109
590
#29
Volvo S60
1042
398
6
#30
Acura RDX
993
1540
700

Source: Manufacturers And Automotive News Data Center
* – Status Compares With 2010 Year End Results

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