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

Of October 2014's 15 best-selling vehicles in America with base prices above $45,000, five were GM products, four were Mercedes-Benzes, and three were BMWs. 


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - October 2014 YTD


USA luxury auto brand market share chart October 2014
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BMW led the list with the 5-Series, though 5er sales decreased in October. Indeed, sales of the three leading $45K+ vehicles all declined year-over-year, while four other members of the top 15 posted decreased volume compared with October 2013, as well.

Among all premium brand vehicles, regardless of price, BMW was again in front, although the 5-Series fell to sixth place when less costly vehicles are taken into account. The Acura TLX surged forward once again with continually rising sales: 4890 TLX sedans were sold in October, nearly double the total achieved by the TL and TSX a year ago.

America's leading premium brand car line, BMW's 3-Series and 4-Series, finished the month 49,224-unit year-to-date lead over the next-best-selling premium brand car, Lexus's ES, and a 23,793-unit year-to-date lead over the next-best-selling premium brand vehicle, Lexus's RX. The RX leads the Acura MDX in the luxury SUV standings by 30,641 units. The Cadillac SRX is 8284 units back of the Acura heading into November.

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.

October 2015 • November 2014 • September 2014October 2013

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
October 2014
October
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series *
13,62111,71516.3%108,06689,63620.6%
#2
Lexus RX
805779791.0%84,27381,2583.7%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7412654813.2%57,58273,144-21.3%
#4
Lexus ES
59325997-1.1%58,84258,0731.3%
#5
Acura MDX
53245608-5.1%53,63240,41132.7%
#6
BMW 5-Series
49145020-2.1%44,08243,7010.9%
#7
Acura TLX
4890------11,060------
#8
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
39366456-39.0%56,54452,4627.8%
#9
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3797311322.0%35,91132,51310.5%
#10
Lexus IS
377135705.6%40,80925,63059.2%
#11
Cadillac SRX
36405373-32.3%45,34845,879-1.2%
#12
Audi Q5
357133805.7%33,68531,9795.3%
#13
BMW X5
3355214056.7%36,37633,4208.8%
#14
Acura RDX
31783333-4.7%36,27336,872-1.6%
#15
Cadillac CTS
3096207349.3%26,01726,483-1.8%
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
October 2014
October
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 5-Series
49145020-2.1%44,08243,7010.9%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
46155648-18.3%43,20340,2287.4%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
39366456-39.0%56,54452,4627.8%
#4
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3797311322.0%35,91132,51310.5%
#5
BMW X5
3355214056.8%36,37633,4208.8%
#6
GMC Yukon
29773021-1.5%33,66121,92853.5%
#7
Chevrolet Corvette
29593929-24.7%28,90911,759146%
#8
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2666191439.3%19,5819539105%
#9
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
24102565-6.0%20,13824,747-18.6%
#10
GMC Yukon XL
21483489-38.4%24,07625,435-5.3%
#11
Cadillac Escalade
2143181418.1%23,54518,35728.3%

Cadillac Escalade ^
1390106930.0%15,09510,02250.6%

Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
75360823.8%8400652428.8

Cadillac Escalade EXT ^
---137-100%501811-97.2%
#12
Lexus GX460
1936149829.2%17,9358603109%
#13
Audi Q7
1738140323.9%14,84312,17521.9%
#14
BMW 7-Series
1680623170%79449196-13.6%
#15
Lexus GS
136512935.6%17,61715,54813.3%
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.
^ Escalade breakdown by variant
In October, Infiniti sold 1258 copies of the Q50's predecessor, the G sedan, and 496 Q60s to go along with 2964 Q50s.
* 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 down 25% to 2268 in October.
Cadillac's new CTS - 3096 October 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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