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 *
12,868 10,915 17.9% 54,173 45,114 20.1%
#2
Lexus RX
8000 9476 -15.6% 37,046 38,838 -4.6%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7413 5284 40.3% 35,021 27,427 27.7%
#4
BMW X5
5797 4313 34.4% 21,643 18,466 17.2%
#5
Cadillac SRX
5777 4762 21.3% 24,461 24,212 1.0%
#6
Lexus ES
5553 6523 -14.9% 24,299 27,662 -12.2%
#7
Acura MDX
5421 5997 -9.6% 24,828 25,774 -3.7%
#8
Acura RDX
5343 4299 24.3% 20,657 18,864 9.5%
#9
Acura TLX
4352 18,186
#10
Lexus IS
4345 4403 -1.3% 19,599 19,641 -0.2%
#11
Audi Q5
4280 3836 11.6% 17,396 15,903 9.4%
#12
BMW 5-Series
4257 4752 -10.4% 20,616 19,677 4.8%
#13
Lexus NX
4014 16,546
#14
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3991 4084 -2.3% 19,419 18,049 7.6%
#15
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
3942 6168 -36.1% 18,641 28,097 -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
7119 9229 -22.9% 35,899 34,691 3.5%
#2
BMW X5
5797 4313 34.4% 21,643 18,466 17.2%
#3
Chevrolet Suburban
4375 5423 -19.3% 20,390 16,987 20.0%
#4
BMW 5-Series
4257 4752 -10.4% 20,616 19,677 4.8%
#5
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3991 4084 -2.3% 19,419 18,049 7.6%
#6
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
3942 6168 -36.1% 18,641 28,097 -33.7%
#7
Chevrolet Corvette
3514 3328 5.6% 15,500 15,021 3.2%
#8
GMC Yukon
3455 4409 -21.6% 14,719 14,658 0.4%
#9
Cadillac Escalade
2661 2513 5.9% 13,799 7488 84.3%

Cadillac Escalade *
1617 1664 -2.8% 8388 4764 76.1%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
1044 846 23.4% 5409 2677 102%

Cadillac Escalade EXT *
3 -100% 2 47 -95.7%
#10
GMC Yukon XL
2516 3164 -20.5% 11,031 9349 18.0%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2322 2326 -0.2% 10,852 9997 8.6%
#12
Lexus GX460
2182 1958 11.4% 9612 8504 13.0%
#13
Audi A6
2027 2151 -5.8% 8978 9719 -7.6%
#14
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1922 2173 -11.6% 8987 9451 -4.9%
#15
Lexus GS
1884 1753 7.5% 9499 8611 10.3%

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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