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


2014 BMW 5-Series

The BMW 3-Series once again topped all premium brand vehicles in terms of U.S. new vehicle sales in June 2014. BMW USA continues to report sales of the 4-Series with the 3-Series, as they were formerly one nameplate.

All Makes & Models Ranked By June 2014 YTD U.S. Sales

USA luxury auto brand market share chart June 2014
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Another near-constant? The Lexus RX is America’s favourite premium utility vehicle, outselling the next-best-selling Acura MDX by 3536 units in June and selling 81% more often than the Cadillac SRX. 

BMW’s 5-Series was a big mover in June with sales surging 77% to 7940 units, 1440 more than Mercedes-Benz’s vast E-Class range managed. The E-Class retains the year-to-date lead over the 5-Series. 

Lexus once again more than doubled its IS volume, which was more than enough to fend off the Audi A4 for third spot in their 3-Series-led segment. Mercedes-Benz C-Class sales continue to plunge in advance of a new C’s arrival.

Among vehicles priced above $45,000, nine of June 2014’s 15 best sellers were SUVs/crossovers, including Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport, which outsold the whole Jaguar division.

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.

June 2015 • July 2014 • May 2014June 2013

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
June
2014
June
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series *
11,543 10,957 5.3% 56,657 49,162 15.2%
#2
Lexus RX
8426 8647 -2.6% 47,264 45,818 3.2%
#3
BMW 5-Series
7940 4484 77.1% 27,617 25,891 6.7%
#4
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6500 5181 25.5% 34,596 28,231 22.5%
#5
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
5607 7639 -26.6% 33,034 45,902 -28.0%
#6
Lexus ES
5508 5680 -3.0% 33,170 33,493 -1.0%
#7
Acura MDX
4890 3828 27.7% 30,664 18,214 68.4%
#8
Cadillac SRX
4652 3912 18.9% 28,864 23,990 20.3%
#9
Audi Q5
4025 3493 15.2% 19,928 18,310 8.8%
#10
BMW X5
3972 3406 16.6% 22,438 21,459 4.6%
#11
Lexus IS
3932 1919 105% 23,573 10,786 119%
#12
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3891 3651 6.6% 21,940 19,312 13.6%
#13
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
3766 2806 34.2% 18,638 15,746 18.4%
#14
Audi A4 *
3756 3824 -1.8% 19,409 20,589 -5.7%
#15
Acura RDX
3485 4023 -13.4% 22,349 22,200 0.7%

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
June
2014
June
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
#1
BMW 5-Series
7940 4484 77.1% 27,617 25,891 6.7%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
6584 3813 72.7% 23,571 21,663 8.8%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6500 5181 25.5% 34,596 28,231 22.5%
#4
BMW X5
3972 3406 16.6% 22,438 21,459 4.6%
#5
GMC Yukon
3946 1797 120% 18,604 12,105 53.7%
#6
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3891 3651 6.6% 21,940 19,312 13.6%
#7
GMC Yukon XL
3096 1824 69.7% 12,445 14,704 -15.4%
#8
Cadillac Escalade ^
2967 1888 57.2% 10,455 10,663 -2.0%
#9
Chevrolet Corvette
2723 853 219% 17,744 5673 213%
#10
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1780 841 112% 11,231 6211 80.8%
#11
Lexus GX460
1772 884 100% 10,276 4415 133%
#12
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
1729 2419 -28.5% 11,726 14,946 -21.5%
#13
BMW 7-Series
1548 855 81.1% 4711 5075 -7.2%
#14
Lexus GS
1511 1728 -12.6% 10,122 9068 11.6%
#15
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1481 887 67.0% 9806 7195 36.3%

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 and SUVs like the $48,895 Chevrolet Tahoe.
^ In June, Infiniti sold 1392 copies of the Q50’s predecessor, the G sedan, and 752 Q60s to go along with 2423 Q50s.

^ Regular-wheelbase Escalade, the best-selling Escalade, found 1907 buyers in June, the Escalade ESV another 1058, and 2 Escalade EXTs.
* BMW USA, not GoodCarBadCar, has chosen to combine sales of the 3-Series and 4-Series. GCBC combines sales of the Audi A4 and Audi A4 Allroad. None-Allroad sales were up 3.6% to 3365 in June.
Cadillac’s new CTS – 2174 June 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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