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

2015 BMW X5 M
BMW was America's top-selling premium brand in May 2015 but trails Mercedes-Benz by 479 units year-to-date. 

Lexus, faced with decreased demand for its most popular model, the RX (which is set to be replaced this year), still managed to post a 10% increase to 29,671 units in May, a scant 88 more than Mercedes-Benz's non-Sprinter vehicles managed.


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


Those three brands earned the four top spots on this month's list of America's best-selling luxury vehicles. The top 15 included three BMWs, three Mercedes-Benzes, four different Lexus products, three Acuras, one Audi, and one Cadillac.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart May 2015
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]Among vehicles with base prices above $45,000, GM grabbed six of the top 15 spots in May with their full-size SUVs and the Chevrolet Corvette. BMWs ranked second and fourth; Mercedes-Benz landed four cars among the top 15.

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.

May 2016 • June 2015 • April 2015 • May 2014

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
May 2015
May
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series *
12,86810,91517.9%54,17345,11420.1%
#2
Lexus RX
80009476-15.6%37,04638,838-4.6%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7413528440.3%35,02127,42727.7%
#4
BMW X5
5797431334.4%21,64318,46617.2%
#5
Cadillac SRX
5777476221.3%24,46124,2121.0%
#6
Lexus ES
55536523-14.9%24,29927,662-12.2%
#7
Acura MDX
54215997-9.6%24,82825,774-3.7%
#8
Acura RDX
5343429924.3%20,65718,8649.5%
#9
Acura TLX
4352------18,186------
#10
Lexus IS
43454403-1.3%19,59919,641-0.2%
#11
Audi Q5
4280383611.6%17,39615,9039.4%
#12
BMW 5-Series
42574752-10.4%20,61619,6774.8%
#13
Lexus NX
4014------16,546------
#14
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
39914084-2.3%19,41918,0497.6%
#15
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
39426168-36.1%18,64128,097-33.7%
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
May 2015
May
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
Chevrolet Tahoe
71199229-22.9%35,89934,6913.5%
#2
BMW X5
5797431334.4%21,64318,46617.2%
#3
Chevrolet Suburban
43755423-19.3%20,39016,98720.0%
#4
BMW 5-Series
42574752-10.4%20,61619,6774.8%
#5
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
39914084-2.3%19,41918,0497.6%
#6
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
39426168-36.1%18,64128,097-33.7%
#7
Chevrolet Corvette
351433285.6%15,50015,0213.2%
#8
GMC Yukon
34554409-21.6%14,71914,6580.4%
#9
Cadillac Escalade
266125135.9%13,799748884.3%

Cadillac Escalade *
16171664-2.8%8388476476.1%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
104484623.4%54092677102%

Cadillac Escalade EXT *
---3-100%247-95.7%
#10
GMC Yukon XL
25163164-20.5%11,031934918.0%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
23222326-0.2%10,85299978.6%
#12
Lexus GX460
2182195811.4%9612850413.0%
#13
Audi A6
20272151-5.8%89789719-7.6%
#14
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
19222173-11.6%89879451-4.9%
#15
Lexus GS
188417537.5%9499861110.3%
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. 
* BMW USA, not GoodCarBadCar, has chosen to combine sales of the 3-Series and 4-Series.

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