Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America – January 2014


2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon
Among vehicles with base prices above $45,000, two of the six best-selling nameplates in January 2014 were Chevrolets. Corvette sales jumped 149% to 2261 units in January; Suburban volume slid 26% to 1705, slightly more than what the Range Rover Sport managed. 

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The best-selling $45K+ vehicle in America in January was the Mercedes-Benz E-Class: sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible. The E-Class was joined by three other Benzes – ML, GL, S – in the top eleven.

In terms of premium brand nameplates overall, regardless of price, the BMW 3-Series (and its 4-Series coupe offshoot) outsold the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (coupe included) by 746 units in January 2014. Infiniti sold 4264 Q50s, Q60s, and G37s combined. Audi sold 2194 A4s, 304 A4 Allroads, and 925 A5s for an A4/A5 total of 3423 January sales.

Eight of America’s 15 best-selling premium brand vehicles in January 2014 were utility vehicles, from the third-ranked Lexus RX to the 15th-ranked BMW X3, which sold a little less than half as often as the RX.

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 2015 – February 2014 – December 2013January 2013

Rank
Luxury Vehicle
January 2014
January
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series/4-Series *
6494 4831 34.4% 6494 4831 34.4%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
5748 7214 -20.3% 5748 7214 -20.3%
#3
Lexus RX
5607 5394 3.9% 5607 5394 3.9%
#4
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
5266 5469 -3.7% 5266 5469 -3.7%
#5
Cadillac SRX
4446 4380 1.5% 4446 4380 1.5%
#6
Acura MDX
4241 2575 64.7% 4241 2575 64.7%
#7
Lexus ES
3959 5186 -23.7% 3959 5186 -23.7%
#8
BMW 5-Series
3269 2585 26.5% 3269 2585 26.5%
#9
Lexus IS
3048 1386 120% 3048 1386 120%
#10
Infiniti Q50 ^
2949 2949
#11
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
2824 2928 -3.6% 2824 2928 -3.6%
#12
Audi Q5
2774 2344 18.3% 2774 2344 18.3%
#13
BMW X5
2754 4084 -32.6% 2754 4084 -32.6%
#14
Acura RDX
2730 2489 9.7% 2730 2489 9.7%
#15
BMW X3
2699 2005 34.6% 2699 2005 34.6%

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
Vehicles
With Base Prices Above $45K
January 2014
January
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
5266 5469 -3.7% 5266 5469 -3.7%
#2
BMW 5-Series
3269 2585 26.5% 3269 2585 26.5%
#3
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
2824 2928 -3.6% 2824 2928 -3.6%
#4
BMW X5
2754 4084 -32.6% 2754 4084 -32.6%
#5
Chevrolet Corvette
2261 908 149% 2261 908 149%
#6
Chevrolet Suburban
1705 2292 -25.6% 1705 2292 -25.6%
#7
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1612 1251 28.9% 1612 1251 28.9%
#8
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
1541 2015 -23.5% 1541 2015 -23.5%
#9
Lexus GX460
1443 733 96.9% 1443 733 96.9%
#10
Lexus GS
1300 1099 18.3% 1300 1099 18.3%
#11
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1281 938 36.6% 1281 938 36.6%
#12
Audi Q7
1268 889 42.6% 1268 889 42.6%
#13
Land Rover Range Rover
1221 1156 5.6% 1221 1156 5.6%
#14
Porsche Cayenne
1158 1500 -22.8% 1158 1500 -22.8%
#15
Cadillac Escalade & ESV/EXT ^
1110 1547 -28.2% 1110 1547 -28.2%

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 $32,750, 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.
^ In January, Infiniti also sold 902 copies of the Q50’s predecessor, the G sedan, and 413 Q60s.

^ Regular-wheelbase Escalade, the best-selling Escalade, found 704 buyers in January fewer than the 1023 Infiniti’s QX80 managed.
* BMW USA, not GoodCarBadCar, has chosen to combine sales of the 3-Series and 4-Series.
Cadillac’s new CTS – 2232 January sales – starts at $45,100, but the lingering CTS Coupe is a sub-$40K car, and the wagon starts at $42,195.

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