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


2012 BMW M3 CRT Front End

Booming BMW 3-Series sales are partially to thank for BMW’s 12.8% year-over-year rise in June 2011. U.S. luxury car buyers bought more X3s and 5-Series’ BMWs than they had in June 2010, as well, but 3-Series sales shot up by 1960 units. Had sales remained level the 3-Series would still have been America’s best-selling luxury vehicle in June, as the Lexus RX slid 34.1% from 7796.

With the RX’s plunge in volume, and its subsequent fall from second spot in May to third spot in June, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class took over the number two position on 19.2% gains. Year-to-date, the E-Class is America’s third-favourite luxury vehicle.

In addition to selling America’s most popular premium brand vehicle, BMW’s 5-Series was ranked fifth, the X5 slotted into 11th, and the X3 posted a 230% improvement to remain steady at 16th. The BMW you won’t see here is the 7-Series, sales of which fell 68.4% to 542. In June 2010, BMW sold more than 1700 of them. But you won’t see any of the 7-Series’ direct competitors here, either. Americans buy premium vehicles, for sure, but they prefer the less expensive, smaller machines… or SUVs.

Take the Volvo S60 as an example. A year ago, Volvo USA sold fewer than 5000 vehicles. Not a single one of those 5000 vehicles was the S60. Now, even as the S40, V50, and V70 tail off and the S80 disappoints, a new generation of S60 was Volvo’s best seller in June with 2430 sales. The 2012 S60 has a pleasant starting price under $31,000. That 7-Series, a car that BMW would be surprised to sell 2430 of in one month, has a base price of $71,000. That price difference goes a long way to explaining why you rarely see cars like the 7-Series or Benz S-Class in this post.

America’s 30 best-selling luxury vehicles from June 2011 are in the table below. Two are Swedish, twelve wear German badges, seven are Japanese, seven are American – including the Chevrolet Corvette – and the remaining two are split between Korea and Great Britain.

Rank
Luxury Vehicle
Status
June 2011
June 2010 
Year-To-Date
#1
BMW 3-Series
9155
7195
43,862
#2
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
5798
4865
31,960
#3
Lexus RX
5141
7796
39,838
#4
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
4620
5563
29,981
#5
BMW 5-Series
4365
3865
25,287
#6
Cadillac CTS
4198
4193
27,005
#7
Cadillac SRX
3951
3804
26,200
#8
Infiniti G
3785
5106
28,316
#9
Audi A4
3610
3142
18,811
#10
Acura MDX
3374
3847
22,195
#11
BMW X5
3157
3273
15,895
#12
Hyundai Genesis
3149
2569
15,454
#13
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3071
2124
14,189
#14
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2585
1367
11,036
#15
Volvo S60
2430
—–
11,048
#16
BMW X3
2388
724
12,725
#17
Lincoln MKZ
2360
1800
13,916
#18
Acura TL
2296
2702
15,414
#19
Lexus ES
2158
3366
16,596
#20
Mercedes-Benz GLK
1930
1487
11,512
#21
Acura TSX
1808
2510
14,209
#22
Lincoln MKX
1771
1306
10,813
#23
Audi Q5
1730
1964
11,135
#24
Cadillac Escalade
1676
1762
11,638
#25
Lexus IS
1631
2863
13,015
#26
Audi A5
1361
1404
7820
#27
Volvo XC60
1349
1126
7474
#28
Chevrolet Corvette
1299
1405
6896
#29
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1233
1018
6969
#30
Lincoln MKS
1214
1029
5179

Source: Manufacturers And Automotive News Data Center

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