Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - March 2015

2016 Cadillac CT6
A 47% year-over-year increase propelled the BMW 3-Series (and its 4-Series offshoot) to 14,835 U.S. sales in March 2015, tops among premium brand vehicles last month and better than the totals achieved by brands like Acura, Cadillac, Infiniti, Lincoln, Land Rover, Volvo, and Porsche.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - March 2015 YTD


Lexus's RX, introduced yesterday in fourth-gen form at the auto show in New York, slid 8% in March but still easily conquered all premium utility vehicles. 

RX sales are up 5% this year even with competition from the smaller NX, America's 15th-best-selling premium brand nameplate in March, stealing attention. 

Also newly introduced in New York was Cadillac's next flagship, the CT6, which is not to be mistaken with the smaller CTS. The only Cadillac in the top 15 in March was the SRX crossover. Cadillac sold 5998 cars in total in March, down 26%.

Among vehicles with base prices of at least $45,000, four of March's nine best sellers are GM SUVs.

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.

March 2016 • April 2015 • February 2015March 2014

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
March 2015
March
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series *
14,83510,12046.6%30,93124,40526.7%
#2
Lexus RX
91779943-7.7%22,23621,2324.7%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7635566034.9%20,94317,02923.0%
#4
Lexus ES
57736784-14.9%14,04515,103-7.0%
#5
Acura MDX
55035793-5.0%14,43714,597-1.1%
#6
BMW 5-Series
5100386532.0%12,06510,95210.2%
#7
Cadillac SRX
50005399-7.4%12,29414,903-17.5%
#8
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
44896336-29.2%11,23415,873-29.2%
#9
Lexus IS
44884893-8.3%11,24611,458-1.9%
#10
BMW X5
438840947.2%11,751976020.4%
#11
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
40234052-0.7%10,48310,1343.4%
#12
Acura RDX
39634580-13.5%11,34210,22111.0%
#13
Audi Q5
3934335717.2%935487746.6%
#14
Infiniti Q50
390137952.8%10,51610,0195.0%
#15
Lexus NX
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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
March 2015
March
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
Chevrolet Tahoe
68607228-5.1%20,87715,70332.9%
#2
BMW 5-Series
5100386532.0%12,06510,95210.2%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
44896336-29.2%11,23415,873-29.2%
#4
BMW X5
438840947.2%11,751976020.4%
#5
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
40234052-0.7%10,48310,1343.4%
#6
Chevrolet Corvette
378534808.8%851781794.1%
#7
Chevrolet Suburban
3310298410.9%11,876672476.6%
#8
Cadillac Escalade
27581259119%79013648117%

Cadillac Escalade °
1673743125%48262223117%

Cadillac Escalade ESV °
1085508114%30731383122%

Cadillac Escalade EXT °
---8-100%242-95.2%
#9
GMC Yukon
26613280-18.9%8106651624.4%
#10
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2646174751.5%6225482329.1%
#11
BMW 6-Series
24343063-20.5%418241271.3%
#12
Lexus GS
23742484-4.4%5904535810.2%
#13
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2365213310.9%6335541816.9%
#14
Audi A6
232822125.2%48125436-11.5%
#15
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
20652299-10.2%50445369-6.1%
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. 
° 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 2266 in March.
Cadillac's new CTS - 1500 March 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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