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


2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
As U.S. passenger car sales volume slid nearly 4% in June 2015, some of the most popular premium brand passenger cars were immune to the trend.
Joint sales of the BMW 3-Series and 4-Series were up 17%. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class shot up 48% to 8316 units. The Audi A3 posted a 42% gain and thus outsold its most direct rival, the Mercedes-Benz CLA, by more than 1000 units.

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

Yet a number of popular premium brand cars also posted sharp declines. For the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 44% drop in June was the E-Class’s eleventh consecutive year-over-year decrease. 

USA luxury auto brand market share chart June 2015
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Lexus IS sales slipped 3%. Lexus’s ES, set to be replaced soon by an already revealed model, predictably plunged 14%. BMW 5-Series volume plummeted 63%, a loss of 4975 units for BMW USA.

While costly SUVs weren’t completely free from the possibility of June declines – just look at GM’s big SUVs in the lower list – there were significant gains produced by most of America’s top-selling luxury utilities. Combined, the BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Acura RDX, and Audi Q5 were up 40% last month.

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.

June 2016 • July 2015 • May 2015June 2014

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
June 2015
June
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series *
13,516 11,543 17.1% 67,689 56,657 19.5%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
8316 5607 48.3% 43,337 33,034 31.2%
#3
BMW X5
7508 3972 89.0% 29,151 22,438 29.9%
#4
Lexus RX
7233 8426 -14.2% 44,279 47,264 -6.3%
#5
Cadillac SRX
5746 4652 23.5% 30,207 28,864 4.7%
#6
Acura RDX
5056 3485 45.1% 25,713 22,349 15.1%
#7
Lexus ES
4742 5508 -13.9% 29,041 33,170 -12.4%
#8
Acura MDX
4592 4890 -6.1% 29,420 30,664 -4.1%
#9
Audi Q5
4270 4025 6.1% 21,666 19,928 8.7%
#10
Acura TLX
3986 22,172
#11
Lexus IS
3821 3932 -2.8% 23,420 23,573 -0.6%
#12
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
3611 6500 -44.4% 22,252 34,597 -35.7%
#13
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3541 3891 -9.0% 22,960 21,940 4.6%
#14
Lexus NX
3503 20,049
#15
Audi A3
3482 2452 42.0% 17,905 7735 131%

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
June 2015
June
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW X5
7508 3972 89.0% 29,151 22,438 29.9%
#2
Chevrolet Tahoe
6192 11,147 -44.5% 42,091 45,838 -8.2%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
3611 6500 -44.4% 22,252 34,597 -35.7%
#4
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3541 3891 -9.0% 22,960 21,940 4.6%
#5
GMC Yukon
3285 3946 -16.8% 18,004 18,604 -3.2%
#6
Chevrolet Suburban
2996 6584 -54.5% 23,386 23,571 -0.8%
#7
BMW 5-Series
2965 7940 -62.7% 23,581 27,617 -14.6%
#8
Chevrolet Corvette
2807 2723 3.1% 18,307 17,744 3.2%
#9
Cadillac Escalade
2514 2967 -15.3% 16,313 10,455 56.0%

Cadillac Escalade ^
1522 1907 -20.2% 9910 6671 48.6%

Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
992 1058 -6.2% 6401 3735 71.4%

Cadillac Escalade EXT ^
2 -100% 2 49 -95.9%
#10
Audi A6
2431 2191 11.0% 11,409 11,910 -4.2%
#11
GMC Yukon XL
2407 3096 -22.3% 13,438 12,445 8.0%
#12
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2086 1729 20.6% 12,938 11,726 10.3%
#13
Lexus GX
2079 1772 17.3% 11,691 10,276 13.8%
#14
Lexus GS
1643 1511 8.7% 11,142 10,122 10.1%
#15
Audi Q7
1630 1429 14.1% 8525 8435 1.1%

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. 
* BMW USA, not GoodCarBadCar, has tradtionally chosen to combine sales of the 3-Series and 4-Series. Although BMW broke down those figures in June, we’re continuing to combine the duo here for consistency’s sake through the first-half of 2015. 
^ Escalade breakdown by variant

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