Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - August 2014

2015 BMW i3

Though closely challenged by the Lexus RX, the BMW 3-Series (and its 4-Series offshoot, formerly known as the 3-Series), ended August 2014 as America's best-selling premium brand vehicle.


• U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - August 2014 YTD


USA luxury auto brand sales chart August 2014
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Lexus also positioned vehicles, the ES and IS sedans, in the third and sixth positions. BMW's 5-Series ranked ninth among all luxury brand vehicles; the X5 ranked 14th. 

There were two Cadillacs in the top 13 (when Escalades are viewed as one nameplate), both of which were not cars. 

Cadillac passenger car volume slid 21% to 8570 units in August, 51.5% of the brand's total volume. You won't see a single Lincoln mentioned in the tables below. The brand's top-selling MKZ fell 22% to 2841 units. Lincoln car sales slid 28%; Lincoln SUV/crossover volume jumped 39% because of an additional 1760 MKC sales.

BMW, on the other hand, reported a 15% increase in passenger car volume, equal to 2542 extra sales. Included in BMW's 19,747 car sales (BMW also sold 7467 X-branded crossovers) were 1025 i3 hatchbacks and the company's first nine i8 sales.

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.

August 2015 • September 2014 • July 2014August 2013

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
August 2014
August
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series *
12,47710,35720.5%81,63169,40917.6%
#2
Lexus RX
11,84111,4233.7%68,76365,6784.7%
#3
Lexus ES
769276280.8%47,18847,210-0.1%
#4
Acura MDX
64976499-0.1%43,44430,26443.6%
#5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
64816523-0.6%47,72540,35918.3%
#6
Lexus IS
5312443219.9%33,42718,85977.2%
#7
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
51516701-23.1%43,88560,207-27.1%
#8
Cadillac SRX
45457211-37.0%38,00836,1445.2%
#9
BMW 5-Series
446843592.5%37,76135,1077.6%
#10
Acura RDX
39844381-9.1%29,86530,517-2.1%
#11
Audi A4 *
3818326017.1%26,31027,300-3.6%
#12
Audi Q5
37573845-2.3%26,87425,3316.1%
#13
Cadillac Escalade
3535215164.3%17,88414,78920.9%

Cadillac Escalade °
2277120389.3%11,415798543.0%

Cadillac Escalade ESV °
125776763.9%6419528221.5%

Cadillac Escalade EXT °
1181-99.4%501522-96.7%
#14
BMW X5
3497248041.0%28,62326,6137.6%
#15
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
34383816-9.9%28,65426,2209.3%
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
August 2014
August
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
64816523-0.6%47,72540,35918.3%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
5748400343.6%34,48731,8478.3%
#3
GMC Yukon
47152345101%27,45817,24059.3%
#4
BMW 5-Series
446843592.5%37,76135,1077.6%
#5
Cadillac Escalade
3535215164.3%17,88414,78920.9%

Cadillac Escalade °
2277120389.3%11,415798543.0%

Cadillac Escalade ESV °
125776763.9%6419528221.5%

Cadillac Escalade EXT °
1181-99.4%501522-96.7%
#6
BMW X5
3497248041.0%28,62326,6137.6%
#7
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
34383816-9.9%28,65426,2209.3%
#8
GMC Yukon XL
3319277919.4%19,76320,626-4.2%
#9
Chevrolet Corvette
2679655309%23,4836999236%
#10
Lexus GS
2537223413.6%14,66013,02412.6%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
22082722-18.9%15,57419,833-21.5%
#12
Lexus GX460
21981056108%14,4296352127%
#13
Audi Q7
1859147825.8%11,740938625.1%
#14
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1855450312%15,0067238107%
#15
Porsche Cayenne
148514353.5%11,74412,517-6.2%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
$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 August, Infiniti sold 1546 copies of the Q50's predecessor, the G sedan, and 602 Q60s to go along with 2655 Q50s.
° Escalade breakdown by variant
* 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 28% to 585 in August.
Cadillac's new CTS - 2592 August 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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