Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - August 2013

2013 Lexus RX450h F Sport white
The Lexus RX was America's best-selling premium brand vehicle in August 2013. Through the first eight months of 2013, the BMW 3-Series leads the RX by 3731 units. 

Lexus led all premium brands in total sales in August, as well. That would surely not be possible without the RX, which accounted for 38% of the brand's U.S. volume last month. August marked just the third time in the last three 32 months that Lexus sold more than 25,000 vehicles in a single month.


USA luxury auto brand market share chart August 2013
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BMW, on the other hand, reported a greater year-over-year percentage increase, at 46%, and did so by generating six in ten sales by way of the 3-Series and 5-Series. 

The 5-Series ranked tenth among premium brand vehicles and second among vehicles with base prices above $45,000. Only its fierce rival, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, sold more often.

Six of America's 15 leading premium brand vehicles are crossovers. Three of the top 15 wear Detroit badges. Japanese brands landed five in the top 15. 

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these models can always be accessed through the dropdown menu at GCBC's Sales Stats page, and for those not viewing the mobile version of this site, near the top right of this page, as well.

August 2014September 2013July 2013 - August 2012
Rank
Luxury Vehicle
August 
2013
%
Change
Year 
To 
Date
YTD

Change
#1
Lexus RX
11,423 + 32.4% 65,678 + 9.5%
#2
BMW 3-Series
10,357 + 66.9% 69,409 + 14.5%
#3
Lexus ES
7628 + 0.9% 47,210 + 59.6%
#4
Cadillac SRX
7211 + 38.6% 36,144 + 1.6%
#5
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6701 + 2.8% 60,207 + 20.7%
#6
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6523 + 44.5% 40,359 + 1.0%
#7
Acura MDX
6499 + 17.1% 30,264 - 10.9%
#8
Lexus IS
4432 + 87.1% 18,859 0.0%
#9
Acura RDX
4381 + 49.7% 30,517 + 81.0%
#10
BMW 5-Series
4359 + 158% 35,107 - 0.1%
#11
4074 - 34.9% 31,581 - 25.5%
#12
Cadillac CTS
3980 - 22.5% 22,002 - 37.8%
#13
Audi Q5
3845 + 91.6% 25,331 + 43.6%
#14
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3816 + 70.1% 26,220 + 6.3%
#15
Lincoln MKZ
3652 + 9.8% 20,901 + 0.01%
For the purposes of the above list, premium brands include Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo. Brands like Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Lotus don't report specific monthly sales data. Bentley and Maserati only report brand totals. Buick has been excluded with a bunch of other automakers that don't sell vehicles with base prices higher than $40K. A4 sales include the Allroad.

Rank
Luxury Vehicle
(Base Prices 
Above $45K)
August
2013
%
Change
Year 
To 
Date
YTD

Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6523 + 44.5% 40,359 + 1.0%
#2
BMW 5-Series
4359 + 158% 35,107 - 0.1%
#3
Chevrolet Suburban
4003 + 29.4% 31,847 + 4.1%
#4
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3816 + 70.1% 26,220 + 6.3%
#5
GMC Yukon XL
2779 + 74.3% 20,626 + 54.1%
#6
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2722 + 78.8% 19,833 + 27.2%
#7
BMW X5
2480 - 30.5% 26,613 + 3.0%
#8
Lexus GS
2234 + 22.0% 13,024 - 10.6%
#9
Cadillac Escalade
2151 - 1.7% 14,789 + 0.3%
#10
Land Rover 
Range Rover Sport
1846 + 20.7% 9793 - 1.6%
#11
Audi Q7
1478 + 55.4% 9386 + 49.2%
#12
Porsche Cayenne
1435 + 5.7% 12,517 + 39.6%
#13
Infiniti QX56 / QX80
1225 + 19.4% 7972 - 4.9%
#14
Lexus GX460
1056 - 1.4% 6352 - 6.2%
#15
Land Rover Range Rover
972 + 47.7% 7712 + 40.5%
Source: Manufacturers & ANDC
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales 
$45,000 USD (before delivery) is an arbitrary borderline, but if GCBC was to follow this system of designating only expensive vehicles as luxury vehicles, adding approximately $15,000 to the average new car transaction price seemed like a fitting place to begin. Plenty of less expensive vehicles with specific models feature prices above $45,000 - M, RS, and AMG models come to mind, specifically - but in the case of the second list, we know that none of the registrations were of cars priced at $32,550, as would be the case with the new BMW 320i, which costs less than a Honda Accord V6 Touring. The biggest problem with a $45,000 minimum price of entry? Cars like the Cadillac XTS, which starts at $44,075.
* Total G/Q50/Q60 volume equalled 6508 units in August (up 3.9%) and 34,015 in the first eight months of 2013 (down 19.7%).

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