Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America – April 2015


2014 Cadillac SRX
America’s perennial favourite, the BMW 3-Series (and its 4-Series offshoot) posted a 6% year-over-year sales increase to 10,374 units in April 2015.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – April 2015 YTD

The growth from BMW’s most popular model line produced a 3564-unit margin of victory over the next-best-selling premium brand vehicle, the Lexus RX.

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Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class was the second-ranked premium brand car, 3709 sales back of the BMW.

Of the 15 top-selling luxury brand vehicles in America in April 2015, seven were cars; eight were utility vehicles. Among vehicles with base prices in excess of $45,000, six of the top 15 best sellers were GM products; ten of the top 15 were 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.

April 2016 • May 2015 • March 2015 • April 2014

Rank
Premium 
Brand Vehicle
April 2015
April
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series
10,374 9794 5.9% 41,305 34,199 20.8%
#2
Lexus RX
6810 8130 -16.2% 29,046 29,362 -1.1%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6665 5114 30.3% 27,608 22,143 24.7%
#4
Cadillac SRX
6390 4547 40.5% 18,684 19,450 -3.9%
#5
Acura MDX
4970 5180 -4.1% 19,407 19,777 -1.9%
#6
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
4945 3831 29.1% 15,428 13,965 10.5%
#7
Lexus ES
4701 6036 -22.1% 18,746 21,139 -11.3%
#8
BMW 5-Series
4294 3973 8.1% 16,359 14,925 9.6%
#9
BMW X5
4095 4393 -6.8% 15,846 14,153 12.0%
#10
Acura TLX
4093 13,834
#11
Lexus IS
4008 3780 6.0% 15,254 15,238 0.1%
#12
Acura RDX
3972 4344 -8.6% 15,314 14,565 5.1%
#13
Audi Q5
3762 3293 14.2% 13,116 12,067 8.7%
#14
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
3466 6056 -42.8% 14,700 21,929 -33.0%
#15
Lexus NX
3421

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
April 2015
April
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
Chevrolet Tahoe
7903 9759 -19.0% 28,780 25,462 13.0%
#2
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
4945 3831 29.1% 15,428 13,965 10.5%
#3
BMW 5-Series
4294 3973 8.1% 16,359 14,925 9.6%
#4
Chevrolet Suburban
4139 4840 -14.5% 16,015 11,564 38.5%
#5
BMW X5
4095 4393 -6.8% 15,846 14,153 12.0%
#6
Chevrolet Corvette
3469 3514 -1.3% 11,986 11,693 2.5%
#7
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
3466 6056 -42.8% 14,700 21,929 -33.0%
#8
Cadillac Escalade
3237 1327 144% 11,138 4975 124%

Cadillac Escalade ^
1945 877 122% 6771 3100 118%

Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
1292 448 188% 4365 1831 138%

Cadillac Escalade EXT ^
2 -100% 2 44 -95.5%
#9
GMC Yukon
3158 3733 -15.4% 11,264 10,249 9.9%
#10
GMC Yukon XL
2525 2506 0.8% 8515 6185 37.7%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2195 2253 -2.6% 8530 7671 11.2%
#12
Audi A6
2139 2132 0.3% 6951 7568 -8.2%
#13
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2021 1909 5.9% 7065 7278 -2.9%
#14
Lexus GX460
1950 1639 19.0% 7430 6546 13.5%
#15
Porsche Cayenne
1773 1839 -3.6% 5299 6119 -13.4%

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 down 26.5% to 2327 in April.

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