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

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U.S. sales of BMW's 3-Series jumped 24% in August 2015, a gain of nearly 2000 units which helped the most important BMW fend off a challenge from the outgoing Lexus RX.


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


In addition to the 9620 RXs sold by Lexus's U.S. dealers, Lexus also reported 4448 NX sales. August marked the first occasion that the NX outsold the Acura RDX.

USA luxury brand market share chart August 2015
Among America's 15 top-selling premium brand vehicles in August, only seven were utility vehicles. That's down from nine in July and eight in August 2014.

Among vehicles priced above $45,000, GM SUVs were dominant; not only the Escalade but other high-priced volume players from Chevrolet and GMC. Only five members of the latter list hail from the passenger car sector.

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.

August 2016 • September 2015 • July 2015August 2014

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
August 2015
August
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series **
10,163819724.0%60,67558,5073.7%
#2
Lexus RX
962011,841-18.8%62,16368,763-9.6%
#3
Lexus ES
72867692-5.3%41,76747,188-11.5%
#4
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7154515138.9%56,87543,88529.6%
#5
Cadillac SRX
6903454551.9%43,86338,00815.4%
#6
Audi Q5
5051375734.4%31,41726,87416.9%
#7
Acura MDX
47476497-26.9%39,14443,444-9.9%
#8
Lexus IS
45375312-14.6%32,23733,427-3.6%
#9
Lexus NX
4448------28,834------
#10
Acura RDX
436439849.5%34,65429,86516.0%
#11
Acura TLX
4353228690.4%30,05522861215%
#12
BMW 5-Series
40124468-10.2%29,77937,761-21.1%
#13
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
40066481-38.2%31,15247,725-34.7%
#14
Infiniti QX60
3995260053.7%25,53320,43125.0%
#15
Infiniti Q50
3839265544.6%28,04623,12221.3%
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
August 2015
August
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
Chevrolet Tahoe
822182160.1%58,60964,837-9.6%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
44995748-21.7%32,19434,487-6.6%
#3
GMC Yukon
44934715-4.7%26,04827,458-5.1%
#4
BMW 5-Series
40124468-10.2%29,77937,761-21.1%
#5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
40066481-38.2%31,15247,725-34.7%
#6
Ford Expedition ˆ
3401262329.7%26,99429,093-7.2%
#7
Cadillac Escalade
30803535-12.9%22,32317,77424.8%

Cadillac Escalade *
17702277-22.3%13,34911,41516.9%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
131012574.2%8972641939.8%

Cadillac Escalade EXT *
---1-100%250-96.0%
#8
BMW X5
28033497-19.8%37,96528,62332.6%
#9
Chevrolet Corvette
272526791.7%23,82623,4831.5%
#10
Mercedes-Benz M-Class °
26793438-22.1%29,49028,6542.9%
#11
Lexus GX
222121981.0%16,24914,42912.6%
#12
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
21882208-0.9%16,88115,5748.4%
#13
GMC Yukon XL
21753319-34.5%17,91219,763-9.4%
#14
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2044185510.2%14,03815,006-6.5%
#15
Audi A6
202219274.9%15,35915,657-1.9%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
* Escalade breakdown by variant
ˆ Ford recently bumped the Expedition's base price just above the $45K mark.
° Mercedes-Benz also sold 1802 copies of the M's renamed successor, the GLE. 
** BMW USA was choosing to combine sales figures of the 3-Series & 4-Series but gave that action up in June.
$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. 

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