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

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan
Mercedes-Benz finished September as America's top-selling premium auto brand after Lexus wore the crown in both July and August. 

Through the first three quarters of 2015, the race between the top three brands is tight. Mercedes-Benz's non-Sprinter sales are up 7% to 249,890, just 66 sales behind BMW's 249,956-unit tally. 


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


Lexus, meanwhile, is growing faster than either of the two Germans, but its 12% rise to 247,445 units places Toyota's premium brand 2511 sales back of BMW.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart September 2015
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Not surprisingly, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus build America's three top-selling premium brand vehicles. Combined sales of the 3-Series, C-Class, and RX rose 12% to  24,564 units in September.

Measured by percentage change, Land Rover, Infiniti, Audi, and Lexus are among the eight fastest-growing auto brands in America so far this year. 

In a market that's grown 4% over the course of the first nine months of 2015, those brands are jointly up 13% to 538,819 units, or 4.1% of the industry's total volume. 

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.

October 2015 • August 2015September 2014

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
September 2015
September
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series
9145827010.6%69,82066,7774.6%
#2
Lexus RX
775974534.1%69,92276,216-8.3%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7660628521.9%64,53550,17028.6%
#4
Cadillac SRX
6849370085.1%50,71241,70821.6%
#5
Lexus ES
5195416424.1%44,90034,82328.9%
#6
Audi Q5
5149324058.9%36,56630,11421.4%
#7
Acura TLX
4753388422.4%34,8086170464%
#8
Acura MDX
43134864-11.3%43,45747,308-10.0%
#9
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
41734884-14.6%35,32552,609-32.9%
#10
BMW 5-Series
40591407188%33,83839,168-13.6%
#11
Acura RDX
3848323019.1%38,50233,09516.3%
#12
Infiniti QX60
3845218276.2%29,37822,61329.9%
#13
Infiniti Q50
3557274229.7%31,60325,86422.2%
#14
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
3492------5294------
#15
Lexus IS
31523611-12.7%35,38937,038-4.5%
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
September 2015
September
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
Chevrolet Tahoe
611956917.5%64,72870,528-8.2%
#2
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
41734884-14.6%35,32552,609-32.9%
#3
BMW 5-Series
40591407188%33,83839,168-13.6%
#4
GMC Yukon
3963322622.8%30,01130,684-2.2%
#5
Chevrolet Suburban
35214101-14.1%35,71538,588-7.4%
#6
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
3492------5294------
#7
Ford Expedition
34893598-3.0%30,48332,691-6.8%
#8
GMC Yukon XL
3027216539.8%20,93921,928-4.5%
#9
Cadillac Escalade
28093518-20.2%25,13221,40217.4%

Cadillac Escalade *
16282290-28.9%14,97713,7059.3%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
11811228-3.8%10,153764732.8%

Cadillac Escalade EXT *
---------250-96.0%
#10
Chevrolet Corvette
257224674.3%26,39825,9501.7%
#11
BMW X5
25254398-42.6%40,49033,02122.6%
#12
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2448215413.6%19,32917,7289.0%
#13
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
195619092.5%15,99416,915-5.4%
#14
Audi Q7
1941136542.2%14,42113,10510.0%
#15
Audi A6
1713151013.4%17,07217,167-0.6%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
* Escalade breakdown by variant
$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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Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - October 2015
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Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - September 2014

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