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

2013 BMW 328i badge
With a still fresh sedan, a brand new coupe, and wagons and convertible availability as well, the BMW 3-Series lineup is selling really rather well. BMW, presumably for consistency's sake, is currently including sales of the 4-Series in the 3-Series' total. 

In all, multiple bodystyles combined for 11,715 sales in October, 42% of BMW USA's volume. 3-Series/4-Series sales were 79% stronger than sales of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the second-ranked premium brand car in October.

In between, sales of the Lexus RX jumped 15% to 7979 units. The RX sold 42% more often than the second-ranked luxury utility vehicle from Acura, the more costly MDX. 


USA luxury auto brand market share chart October 2013
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As America's new vehicle market grew 10.4% in October, Acura, Audi, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche grew at an above-average pace. Together with BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Volvo and a handful of sales from Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, and Rolls-Royce, and excluding the Sprinter van, these premium brands accounted for 12.7% of the new vehicles sold in the United States in October 2013. 

Their 15 best-selling vehicles, listed below, were responsible for 52% of their October sales.

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. The + icon has been removed from year-over-year improvements. Look instead for red font to designate year-over-year declines. We've also added prior year data, so you'll spend less time hunting around GCBC for historical figures.

October 2014 • November 2013 • September 2013October 2012
Rank
Luxury Vehicle
October
2013
October
2012

Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD

Change
#1
BMW 
3-Series & 4-Series  *
11,715 9729 20.4% 89,636 78,081 14.8%
#2
Lexus RX
7979 6928 15.2% 81,258 73,976 9.8%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6548 7636 - 14.2% 73,144 65,376 11.9%
#4
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6456 5265 22.6% 52,462 50,061 4.8%
#5
Lexus ES
5997 5971 0.4% 58,073 42,105 37.9%
#6
Acura MDX
5608 3771 48.7% 40,411 42,417 - 4.7%
#7
Cadillac SRX
5373 5521 - 2.7% 45,879 45,745 0.3%
#8
BMW 5-Series
5020 4228 18.7% 43,701 42,556 2.7%
#9
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
4895 --- --- 7205 --- ---
#10
Lexus IS
3570 2116 68.7% 25,630 23,223 10.4%
#15
Audi A4 *
3477 3151 10.3% 34,590 31,381 10.2%
#11
Audi Q5
3380 2424 39.4% 31,979 22,321 43.3%
#12
Acura RDX
3333 2659 25.3% 36,872 22,460 64.2%
#13
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3113 2868 8.5% 32,513 29,966 8.5%
#14
BMW X1
3059 1907 60.4% 21,407 4053 428%
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
Vehicles With Base Prices 
Above $45K
October
2013
October
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6456 5265 22.6% 52,462 50,061 4.8%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
5648 3595 57.1% 40,228 37,455 7.4%
#3
BMW 5-Series
5020 4228 18.7% 43,701 42,556 2.7%
#4
Chevrolet Corvette
3929 1167 237% 11,759 11,737 0.2%
#5
GMC Yukon XL
3489 2295 52.0% 25,435 17,963 41.6%
#6
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3113 2868 8.5% 32,513 29,966 8.5%
#7
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2565 2296 11.7% 24,747 19,854 24.6%
#8
BMW X5
2140 4240 - 49.5% 33,439 33,922 - 1.4%
#9
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1914 1096 74.6% 9539 9310 2.5%
#15
Cadillac Escalade & ESV/EXT
18141832- 1.0% 18,357 18,269 0.5%
#10
Porsche Cayenne
1669 1697 - 1.6% 15,582 12,031 29.5%
#11
Lexus GX460
1498 909 64.8% 8603 8629 - 0.3%
#12
Audi Q7
1403 1012 38.6% 12,175 8354 45.7%
#13
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1266 1391 - 9.0% 12,250 12,854 - 4.7%
#14
Land Rover Range Rover
1184 403 194% 9589 6457 48.5%
Source: Automakers & 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 $44,600. Of note, Cadillac's 2014 CTS starts at $45,100, but the continuing CTS coupe (which gets included by GM in CTS sales figures) starts below $40,000.
Total Infiniti G/Q50/Q60 volume hit 4683 units in October, up 36.2%, and 43,686 units through ten months, down 11.7%.
* BMW is currently not separating sales of the 3-Series and 4-Series. 

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2 comments:

  1. I realize that they don't report monthly sales but Tesla's Model S would be #10 or #11 on the second chart based on simple extrapolation of quarterly seas...so it seems worth mentioning them.

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