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

2013 Audi Q5
During Its Best Ever Month, 16% Of The Audi
Q5s Sold In America Were Diesel-Powered
December, often a strong month for luxury auto brands in the United States, was no different in 2013.  December was BMW USA's best month in 2013, as it was for Lexus, the second-ranked brand last month. Audi reported the highest-volume month in the company's history. 

With big brand figures come big model-specific sales figures. 

BMW sold nearly 6000 more 3-Series sedans and wagons (and 4-Series two-door offshoots) in December 2013 than in December 2012. 


Lexus RX sales rose to 13,169, making the RX America's tenth-best-selling utility vehicle overall. 

USA luxury auto brand market share chart December 2013
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On this list of America's top premium brand automobiles, the 15th-ranked Cadillac ATS reported its best month yet. 

Lexus IS sales more than doubled to 5414 units.

The 2013 year end edition of this post will be published shortly

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these top-selling luxury vehicles 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.

January 2014 • November 2013 • December 2012
Rank
Luxury Vehicle
December 2013
December
2012
% Change
2013 2012 % Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series *
16,737 10,745 55.8% 119,521 99,602 20.0%
#2
Lexus RX
13,169 12,534 5.1% 103,920 95,381 9.0%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
8727 6984 25.0% 69,803 65,171 7.1%
#4
Lexus ES
8213 7987 2.8% 72,581 56,158 29.2%
#5
BMW 5-Series
8102 8385 -3.4% 56,863 56,798 0.1%
#6
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7229 7757 -6.8% 88,251 81,697 8.0%
#7
Acura MDX
6538 5069 29.0% 53,040 50,854 4.3%
#8
Cadillac SRX
6074 6400 -5.1% 56,776 57,845 -1.2%
#9
Lexus IS
5414 2497 117% 35,017 27,708 26.4%
#10
Audi Q5
4794 3626 32.2% 40,355 28,671 40.8%
#11
Infiniti Q50 ^
4568 --- --- 17,816 --- ---
#12
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
4485 4241 5.8% 41,236 38,101 8.5%
#13
Acura RDX
4215 4024 4.7% 44,750 29,520 51.6%
#14
Audi A4 *
3979 3806 4.5% 42,130 38,530 9.3%
#15
Cadillac ATS
3887 2979 30.5% 38,319 7008 447%
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.

Rank
Luxury Vehicle (Min. Base Price $45K)
December 2013
December
2012
% Change
2013 2012 % Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
8727 6984 25.0% 69,803 65,171 7.1%
#2
BMW 5-Series
8102 8385 -3.4% 56,863 56,798 0.1%
#3
Chevrolet Suburban
5820 5956 -2.3% 51,260 48,116 6.5%
#4
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
4485 4241 5.8% 41,236 38,101 8.5%
#5
GMC Yukon XL
3158 2929 7.8% 31,258 23,427 33.4%
#6
Chevrolet Corvette
3005 1291 133% 17,291 14,132 22.4%
#7
Lexus GS
2604 2796 -6.9% 19,742 22,160 -10.9%
#8
Cadillac Escalade & ESV/EXT
23112554-9.5% 22,514 22,632 -0.5%
#9
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2305 2003 15.1% 15,976 16,491 -3.1%
#10
Audi Q7
2279 1493 52.6% 15,978 11,008 45.1%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2239 3111 -28.0% 29,912 26,042 14.9%
#12
BMW X5
1953 5722 -65.9% 39,818 44,445 -10.4%
#13
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1857 1110 67.3% 13,303 11,794 12.8%
#14
Lexus GX460
1830 1407 30.1% 12,136 11,039 9.9%
#15
Infiniti QX80 / QX56
1750 2232 -21.6% 13,148 15,310 -14.1%
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 $44,075. 
^ In December, Infiniti also sold 1460 copies of the Q50's predecessor, the G sedan, and 462 Q60s.
* BMW USA, not GoodCarBadCar, has chosen to combine sales of the 3-Series and 4-Series. A4 sales include the Allroad.
Cadillac's new CTS - 3217 December sales - starts at $45,100, but the lingering CTS Coupe is a sub-$40K car, and the wagon starts at $42,195.
This post was updated at 9:54 AM AT on the day of publishing to include the whole Escalade trio as is the tradition at GCBC.

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