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

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As BMW USA transitions from MY2015 editions of the 3-Series to the refreshed 2016 model, the 3-Series – America's best-selling premium brand vehicle in 2015's first 11 months – was not the top-selling premium brand vehicle in America in December 2015.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model: 2015 Year End


Nor was the 3-Series the second-ranked premium brand vehicle. Indeed, the BMW 3-Series didn't even rank in the top five. Sales plunged 61%, and the 3-Series ranked tenth among luxury autos; fourth among luxury cars; third among BMWs; second among BMW cars.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart December 2015
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This won't remain the case, of course. But in the month of December, the Lexus RX, despite a 13% year-over-year drop, led all premium brand vehicles in the United States. 

The Lexus ES was America's top-selling premium brand passenger car. Not surprisingly, the top-selling premium brand in America in December 2015 was Lexus, which trailed BMW by a scant 1422 units over the course of the 2015 calendar year.

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.

January 2016 • November 2015December 2014

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
December 2015
December
2014
% Change
2015 2014 % Change
#1
Lexus RX
11,89913,625-12.7%100,610107,490-6.4%
#2
Lexus ES
785677821.0%64,96972,508-10.4%
#3
Cadillac SRX
7031489943.5%68,85053,57827.5%
#4
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
70238224-14.6%86,08075,06514.7%
#5
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
6310------20,663------
#6
Acura MDX
62546761-7.5%58,20865,603-11.3%
#7
BMW X5
625060982.5%54,99747,03116.9%
#8
Audi Q5
6057455133.1%52,00642,42022.6%
#9
BMW 4-Series
56015859-4.4%46,08241,44211.2%
#10
BMW 3-Series
526213,339-60.6%94,527100,970-6.2%
#11
Lexus NX
5134290576.7%43,76429271395%
#12
Lexus IS
50285939-15.3%46,43051,358-9.6%
#13
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
49995119-2.3%49,73666,401-25.1%
#14
Infiniti QX60
4987336748.1%41,77031,19233.9%
#15
Acura RDX
49425156-4.2%51,02644,86513.7%
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
December 2015
December
2014
% Change
2015 2014 % Change
#1
Chevrolet Tahoe
977311,259-13.2%88,34297,726-9.6%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
63506761-6.1%50,86655,009-7.5%
#3
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
6310------20,663------
#4
BMW X5
625060982.5%54,99747,03116.9%
#5
GMC Yukon
5271472911.5%42,73241,5692.8%
#6
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
49995119-2.3%49,73666,401-25.1%
#7
Cadillac Escalade
4659374024.6%35,92330,52217.7%

Cadillac Escalade ^
2743228120.3%21,23019,4829.0%

Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
1916145931.3%14,69110,98733.7%

Cadillac Escalade EXT ^
---------253-96.2%
#8
GMC Yukon XL
4536326039.1%31,33429,7525.3%
#9
Ford Expedition
40564239-4.3%41,44344,632-7.1%
#10
Lexus GS
3423274524.7%23,11722,1984.1%
#11
Volvo XC90
3135684510%12,7773952223%
#12
Lexus GX460
3118270715.2%25,21222,68511.1%
#13
Cadillac XTS
3070227634.9%23,11224,335-5.0%
#14
BMW 5-Series
29855517-45.9%44,16252,704-16.2%
#15
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
28493394-16.1%27,70726,5984.2%
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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