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


2016 Lexus RX350

Thanks to a month of great decline from Mercedes-Benz in November 2015, BMW further secured its lead as America’s top-selling premium brand in 2015 despite a sharp decline in 3-Series sales.

The 3-Series tumbled 20%, but the top-selling Benz, Mercedes’ C-Class, similarly slid 22%, a loss of 2020 sales compared with November 2014.

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

As a result of their respective decreases, the newly launched Lexus RX soared to a first place finish in November 2015, 2338 sales ahead of the 3-Series. Through 11 months, the 3-Series leads the RX crossover by only 554 units.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart November 2015
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Among the 15 most popular premium brand vehicles in November were nine SUVs/crossovers, from the top-ranked RX through two BMWs, two Acuras, and individual contenders from Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Infiniti.

Among the 15 most popular vehicles with base prices above $45,000, only four were cars. Six others were full-size, pickup truck-based Detroit SUVs.

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.

November 2016 • December 2015 • October 2015November 2014

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
November 2015
November
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
Lexus RX
10,771 9592 12.3% 88,711 93,865 -5.5%
#2
BMW 3-Series
8433 10,475 -19.5% 89,265 87,451 2.1%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7239 9259 -21.8% 79,057 66,841 18.3%
#4
Cadillac SRX
5087 3331 52.7% 61,819 48,679 27.0%
#5
BMW X3
4987 2221 125% 28,798 31,029 -7.2%
#6
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
4883 14,353
#7
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4751 4737 0.3% 44,737 61,284 -27.0%
#8
Lexus ES
4725 5884 -19.7% 57,113 64,726 -11.8%
#9
BMW 5-Series
4646 3105 49.6% 41,177 47,187 -12.7%
#10
Audi Q5
4520 4184 8.0% 45,949 37,869 21.3%
#11
Acura MDX
4092 5210 -21.5% 51,954 58,842 -11.7%
#12
BMW X5
3965 4557 -13.0% 48,747 40,933 19.1%
#13
Infiniti Q50
3782 4216 -10.3% 39,196 33,044 18.6%
#14
Infiniti QX60
3736 2927 27.6% 36,783 27,825 32.2%
#15
Acura RDX
3653 3436 7.4% 46,084 39,709 16.1%

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
November 2015
November
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
Chevrolet Tahoe
7217 8027 -10.1% 78,569 86,467 -9.1%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
5216 5045 3.4% 44,516 48,248 -7.7%
#3
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
4883 14,353
#4
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4751 4737 0.3% 44,737 61,284 -27.0%
#5
BMW 5-Series
4646 3105 49.6% 41,177 47,187 -12.7%
#6
BMW X5
3965 4557 -13.0% 48,747 40,933 19.1%
#7
GMC Yukon
3925 3179 23.5% 37,461 36,840 1.7%
#8
GMC Yukon XL
3137 2416 29.8% 26,798 26,492 1.2%
#9
Cadillac Escalade
2981 3237 -7.9% 31,264 26,782 16.7%

Cadillac Escalade *
1672 2106 -20.6% 18,487 17,201 7.5%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
1309 1128 16.0% 12,775 9528 34.1%

Cadillac Escalade EXT *
3 -100% 2 53 -96.2%
#10
Ford Expedition
2980 3982 -25.2% 37,387 40,393 -7.4%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2916 3065 -4.9% 24,858 23,203 7.1%
#12
Volvo XC90
2236 87 2470% 9642 3884 148%
#13
Lexus GS
2174 1836 18.4% 19,694 19,453 1.2%
#14
Lexus GX460
2011 2043 -1.6% 22,094 19,978 10.6%
#15
Cadillac XTS
1976 1697 16.4% 20,042 22,059 -9.1%

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. 

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