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

2015 Acura TLX silver
During a month in which BMW's steadily improving passenger car volume stalled, the top-selling car at BMW, the iconic 3-Series, posted an 8% year-over-year U.S. sales improvement. 


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


With more than 11,000 October sales, the 3-Series outsold the next-best-selling premium brand automobile by nearly 3000 units and the next-best-selling premium brand passenger car by more than 3700 units. Always essential to BMW, the 3-Series in October 2015 accounted for 37.4% of all BMW brand sales, up from 33.3% one year ago.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart October 2015
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For the first time, U.S. sales of the Acura TLX climbed above 5000 units in October 2015. With 5777 sales in total, the TLX outsold stalwarts like the Lexus ES and absent rivals like the Audi A4 and Cadillac ATS. 

The TLX was one of three Acuras among the 12 top-selling premium brand cars in America in October 2015.

Mercedes-Benz, with the third, eighth, and 11th-ranked luxury vehicles, was the only other brand to land three products in October's top 15. One of those products, the GLE, generated 4176 sales. Its predecessor, the M-Class, produced another 704 sales. Combined GLE/M sales rose 29%.

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 2016 • November 2015 • September 2015October 2014

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
October 2015
October
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series
11,01210,1998.0%80,83276,9765.0%
#2
Lexus RX
80188057-0.5%77,94084,273-7.5%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
72837412-1.7%71,81857,58224.7%
#4
Cadillac SRX
6020364065.4%56,73245,34825.1%
#5
Acura TLX
5777489018.1%40,58511,060267%
#6
Lexus ES
54265932-8.5%52,38858,842-11.0%
#7
Audi Q5
4863357136.2%41,42933,68523.0%
#8
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4661393618.4%39,98656,545-29.3%
#9
Acura MDX
44055324-17.3%47,86253,632-10.8%
#10
BMW X5
4292335527.9%44,78236,37623.1%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
4176------9470------
#12
Acura RDX
3891317822.4%42,39336,27316.9%
#13
Infiniti Q50
3811296428.6%35,41428,82822.8%
#14
Infiniti QX60
3669228560.6%33,04724,89832.7%
#15
Lexus NX
3399------35,346------
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
October 2015
October
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
Chevrolet Tahoe
66247912-16.3%71,35278,440-9.0%
#2
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4661393618.4%39,98656,545-29.3%
#3
BMW X5
4292335527.9%44,78236,37623.1%
#4
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
4176------9470------
#5
Ford Expedition
392437205.5%34,40736,411-5.5%
#6
Chevrolet Suburban
35854615-22.3%39,30043,203-9.0%
#7
GMC Yukon
3525297718.4%33,53633,661-0.4%
#8
Cadillac Escalade
3151214347.0%28,28123,49520.4%

Cadillac Escalade *
1838139032.2%16,81515,09511.4%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
131375374.4%11,466840036.5%

Cadillac Escalade EXT *
---------250-96.0%
#9
GMC Yukon XL
2722214826.7%23,66124,076-1.7%
#10
BMW 5-Series
26934914-45.2%36,53144,082-17.1%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
261324108.4%21,94220,1389.0%
#12
Volvo XC90
2565267861%7406379795.0%
#13
Chevrolet Corvette
25262959-14.6%28,92428,9090.1%
#14
Lexus GX460
2223193614.8%20,08317,93512.0%
#15
Audi Q7
2106173821.2%16,52714,84311.3%
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. 
* Escalade breakdown by variant

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Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - October 2016
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