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 *
19,464 16,737 16.3% 142,232 119,521 19.0%
#2
Lexus RX
13,625 13,169 3.5% 107,490 103,920 3.4%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
8224 7229 13.8% 75,065 88,251 -14.9%
#4
Lexus ES
7782 8213 -5.2% 72,508 72,581 -0.1%
#5
Acura MDX
6761 6538 3.4% 65,603 53,040 23.7%
#6
BMW X5
6098 1953 212% 47,031 39,818 18.1%
#7
Lexus IS
5939 5414 9.7% 51,358 35,017 46.7%
#8
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
5625 4485 25.4% 46,726 41,326 13.1%
#9
BMW 5-Series
5517 8102 -31.9% 52,704 56,863 -7.3%
#10
Acura RDX
5156 4215 22.3% 44,865 44,750 0.3%
#11
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
5119 8727 -41.3% 66,400 69,803 -4.9%
#12
Cadillac SRX
4899 6074 -19.3% 53,578 56,776 -5.6%
#13
Audi Q5
4551 4794 -5.1% 42,420 40,355 5.1%
#14
Infiniti Q50
3855 4568 -15.6% 36,899 17,816 107%
#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
11,259 8646 30.2% 97,726 83,502 17.0%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
6761 5820 16.2% 55,009 51,260 7.3%
#3
BMW X5
6098 1953 212% 47,031 39,818 18.1%
#4
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
5625 4485 25.4% 46,726 41,326 13.1%
#5
BMW 5-Series
5517 8102 -31.9% 52,704 56,863 -7.3%
#6
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
5119 8727 -41.3% 66,400 69,803 -4.9%
#7
GMC Yukon
4729 3597 31.5% 41,569 28,302 46.9%
#8
Cadillac Escalade
3740 2311 61.8% 30,522 22,514 35.6%
Cadillac Escalade ^
2281 1470 55.2% 19,482 12,592 54.7%

Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
1459 775 88.3% 10,987 7950 38.2%

Cadillac Escalade EXT ^
66 -100% 53 1972 -97.3%
#9
Chevrolet Corvette
3552 3005 18.2% 34,839 17,291 101%
#10
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
3394 2239 51.6% 26,597 29,912 -11.1%
#11
GMC Yukon XL
3260 3158 3.2% 29,752 31,258 -4.8%
#12
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2832 1857 52.5% 25,276 13,303 90.0%
#13
Lexus GS
2745 2604 5.4% 22,198 19,742 12.4%
#14
Lexus GX460
2707 1830 47.9% 22,685 12,136 86.9%
#15
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2036 2305 -11.7% 17,897 15,976 12.0%

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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