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
11,012 10,199 8.0% 80,832 76,976 5.0%
#2
Lexus RX
8018 8057 -0.5% 77,940 84,273 -7.5%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7283 7412 -1.7% 71,818 57,582 24.7%
#4
Cadillac SRX
6020 3640 65.4% 56,732 45,348 25.1%
#5
Acura TLX
5777 4890 18.1% 40,585 11,060 267%
#6
Lexus ES
5426 5932 -8.5% 52,388 58,842 -11.0%
#7
Audi Q5
4863 3571 36.2% 41,429 33,685 23.0%
#8
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4661 3936 18.4% 39,986 56,545 -29.3%
#9
Acura MDX
4405 5324 -17.3% 47,862 53,632 -10.8%
#10
BMW X5
4292 3355 27.9% 44,782 36,376 23.1%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
4176 9470
#12
Acura RDX
3891 3178 22.4% 42,393 36,273 16.9%
#13
Infiniti Q50
3811 2964 28.6% 35,414 28,828 22.8%
#14
Infiniti QX60
3669 2285 60.6% 33,047 24,898 32.7%
#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
6624 7912 -16.3% 71,352 78,440 -9.0%
#2
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4661 3936 18.4% 39,986 56,545 -29.3%
#3
BMW X5
4292 3355 27.9% 44,782 36,376 23.1%
#4
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
4176 9470
#5
Ford Expedition
3924 3720 5.5% 34,407 36,411 -5.5%
#6
Chevrolet Suburban
3585 4615 -22.3% 39,300 43,203 -9.0%
#7
GMC Yukon
3525 2977 18.4% 33,536 33,661 -0.4%
#8
Cadillac Escalade
3151 2143 47.0% 28,281 23,495 20.4%
Cadillac Escalade *
1838 1390 32.2% 16,815 15,095 11.4%
Cadillac Escalade ESV *
1313 753 74.4% 11,466 8400 36.5%
Cadillac Escalade EXT *
2 50 -96.0%
#9
GMC Yukon XL
2722 2148 26.7% 23,661 24,076 -1.7%
#10
BMW 5-Series
2693 4914 -45.2% 36,531 44,082 -17.1%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2613 2410 8.4% 21,942 20,138 9.0%
#12
Volvo XC90
2565 267 861% 7406 3797 95.0%
#13
Chevrolet Corvette
2526 2959 -14.6% 28,924 28,909 0.1%
#14
Lexus GX460
2223 1936 14.8% 20,083 17,935 12.0%
#15
Audi Q7
2106 1738 21.2% 16,527 14,843 11.3%

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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