Top 30 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America – January 2012


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The best-selling luxury vehicle in America in January 2012 was the BMW 3-Series. But we say that almost every month, so let’s move on.

A 56.4% year-over-year increase wasn’t enough for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class to catch the 3-Series, mainly because the 3-Series managed to improve upon last January’s sales despite the fact that most buyers would presumably rather wait until the new 3-Series sedan is widely available. It appears we haven’t moved on from the 3-Series subject, so let’s try again.

Among larger luxury sedans, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class came out on top in January, beating the BMW 5-Series by a wide margin. The Lexus RX was America’s favourite premium utility vehicle, another common refrain. The Cadillac SRX was tops among American-badged entries. No Lincoln candidate appears until the 21st spot. The MKX followed the 21st-ranked MKZ closely; there was only a 12 unit difference.

Jumbo luxury sport-utility vehicles appear in 23rd, 24th, and 30th positions. It’s fair to say the Escalade didn’t actually finish in 23rd as its 1624-unit total is really a combination of three vehicles. The regular-wheelbase Escalade found 985 buyers in January. Together, the Escalade, SRX, CTS, and Lincoln’s MKZ and MKX form 17% of January’s best-selling luxury vehicles list. 

There are twelve German vehicles in the top 30 (and seven in the top twelve). There’s one Korean, and some would argue whether it deserves to be included. This leaves one British beast, two Swedes, and nine Japanese vehicles: four from Lexus – including the CT200h – three from Acura, and two from Infiniti. If the list were to continue, the next-best luxury vehicles happen to be the Porsche Cayenne, BMW 7-Series, Infiniti FX, Acura RDX, Lexus GX, Audi A5, and Audi Q7.

GoodCarBadCar began tracking America’s best-selling luxury vehicles in January 2011. It’s worth looking back to see how things change in a year. Links to past editions can be found at the bottom of this post. Monthly and yearly sales figures for all these models and every other nameplate currently on sale in North American can be accessed through the dropdown menu at the top right of this page, as always.

Rank
Best-Selling Luxury Vehicle
January 2012
%
Change
#1
BMW 3-Series
6698 + 16.2%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6525 + 56.4%
#3
Lexus RX
5038 – 14.3%
#4
Cadillac SRX
4166 – 1.7%
#5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4097 – 14.0%
#6
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
4002 + 61.1%
#7
Infiniti G
3816 – 11.7%
#8
BMW 5-Series
3216 – 26.1%
#9
Cadillac CTS
3019 – 30.8%
#10
Acura MDX
2861 – 8.5%
#11
Audi A4
2676 + 7.8%
#12
BMW X5
2610 – 14.1%
#13
Lexus ES
2410 + 8.8%
#14
Hyundai Genesis
2291 + 28.5%
#15
Acura TL
2283 + 43.4%
#16
Acura TSX
2266 + 16.7%
#17
Audi Q5
1991 + 25.7%
#18
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
1976 + 21.6%
#19
Lexus IS
1810 – 9.1%
#20
BMW X3
1687 + 56.9%
#21
Lincoln MKZ
1662 + 5.6%
#22
Lincoln MKX
1650 + 6.7%
#23
Cadillac Escalade
1624 – 28.1%
#24
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
1610 + 6.1%
#25
Volvo S60
1415 + 35.8%
#26
Audi A6
1130 + 90.2%
#27
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1129 + 34.7%
#28
Volvo XC60
1059 + 9.6%
#29
Lexus CT200h
1025 —–
#30
Infiniti QX56
1020 + 30.4%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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