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

With 19,464 December sales in 2014, BMW's 3-Series/4-Series vehicle line outsold all of Audi, all of Acura, all of Cadillac, all of Infiniti, all of Lincoln. Land Rover, Jaguar, and Volvo combined for 17,127 sales. 


America's Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Calendar Year 2014


USA luxury auto brand market share chart December 2014
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Yes, it was a particularly dominant month for the venerable BMW. And during the same period, sales of BMW's X5 more than tripled, year-over-year, to 6098 units, making it the third-best-selling premium brand utility vehicle in December 2014.

Cadillac, meanwhile, the current whipping boy for American auto observers, posted a brand-wide 11% loss as their car volume fell 23% compared with December 2014. 

Combined, the ATS and CTS were down by 1987 units, a loss of 28%.


• U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - December 2014 Year End

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.

December 2015 • January 2015 • November 2014December 2013
Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
December 2014
December
2013
% Change
2014 2013 % Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series *
19,46416,73716.3%142,232119,52119.0%
#2
Lexus RX
13,62513,1693.5%107,490103,9203.4%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
8224722913.8%75,06588,251-14.9%
#4
Lexus ES
77828213-5.2%72,50872,581-0.1%
#5
Acura MDX
676165383.4%65,60353,04023.7%
#6
BMW X5
60981953212%47,03139,81818.1%
#7
Lexus IS
593954149.7%51,35835,01746.7%
#8
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
5625448525.4%46,72641,32613.1%
#9
BMW 5-Series
55178102-31.9%52,70456,863-7.3%
#10
Acura RDX
5156421522.3%44,86544,7500.3%
#11
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
51198727-41.3%66,40069,803-4.9%
#12
Cadillac SRX
48996074-19.3%53,57856,776-5.6%
#13
Audi Q5
45514794-5.1%42,42040,3555.1%
#14
Infiniti Q50
38554568-15.6%36,89917,816107%
#15
Acura TLX
3834------19,127------
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
December 2014
December
2013
% Change
2014 2013 % Change
#1
Chevrolet Tahoe
11,259864630.2%97,72683,50217.0%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
6761582016.2%55,00951,2607.3%
#3
BMW X5
60981953212%47,03139,81818.1%
#4
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
5625448525.4%46,72641,32613.1%
#5
BMW 5-Series
55178102-31.9%52,70456,863-7.3%
#6
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
51198727-41.3%66,40069,803-4.9%
#7
GMC Yukon
4729359731.5%41,56928,30246.9%
#8
Cadillac Escalade
3740231161.8%30,52222,51435.6%

Cadillac Escalade ^
2281147055.2%19,48212,59254.7%

Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
145977588.3%10,987795038.2%

Cadillac Escalade EXT ^
---66-100%531972-97.3%
#9
Chevrolet Corvette
3552300518.2%34,83917,291101%
#10
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
3394223951.6%26,59729,912-11.1%
#11
GMC Yukon XL
326031583.2%29,75231,258-4.8%
#12
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2832185752.5%25,27613,30390.0%
#13
Lexus GS
274526045.4%22,19819,74212.4%
#14
Lexus GX460
2707183047.9%22,68512,13686.9%
#15
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
20362305-11.7%17,89715,97612.0%
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 $44,660.
^ Escalade breakdown by model
* 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 10% to 3197 in December and down 7.5% to 33,993 in 2014. Cadillac's new CTS - 2652 December 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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