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.

December 2016 • January 2016 • November 2015December 2014

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
December 2015
December
2014
% Change
2015 2014 % Change
#1
Lexus RX
11,899 13,625 -12.7% 100,610 107,490 -6.4%
#2
Lexus ES
7856 7782 1.0% 64,969 72,508 -10.4%
#3
Cadillac SRX
7031 4899 43.5% 68,850 53,578 27.5%
#4
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7023 8224 -14.6% 86,080 75,065 14.7%
#5
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
6310 20,663
#6
Acura MDX
6254 6761 -7.5% 58,208 65,603 -11.3%
#7
BMW X5
6250 6098 2.5% 54,997 47,031 16.9%
#8
Audi Q5
6057 4551 33.1% 52,006 42,420 22.6%
#9
BMW 4-Series
5601 5859 -4.4% 46,082 41,442 11.2%
#10
BMW 3-Series
5262 13,339 -60.6% 94,527 100,970 -6.2%
#11
Lexus NX
5134 2905 76.7% 43,764 2927 1395%
#12
Lexus IS
5028 5939 -15.3% 46,430 51,358 -9.6%
#13
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4999 5119 -2.3% 49,736 66,401 -25.1%
#14
Infiniti QX60
4987 3367 48.1% 41,770 31,192 33.9%
#15
Acura RDX
4942 5156 -4.2% 51,026 44,865 13.7%

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
9773 11,259 -13.2% 88,342 97,726 -9.6%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
6350 6761 -6.1% 50,866 55,009 -7.5%
#3
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
6310 20,663
#4
BMW X5
6250 6098 2.5% 54,997 47,031 16.9%
#5
GMC Yukon
5271 4729 11.5% 42,732 41,569 2.8%
#6
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4999 5119 -2.3% 49,736 66,401 -25.1%
#7
Cadillac Escalade
4659 3740 24.6% 35,923 30,522 17.7%
Cadillac Escalade ^
2743 2281 20.3% 21,230 19,482 9.0%

Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
1916 1459 31.3% 14,691 10,987 33.7%

Cadillac Escalade EXT ^
2 53 -96.2%
#8
GMC Yukon XL
4536 3260 39.1% 31,334 29,752 5.3%
#9
Ford Expedition
4056 4239 -4.3% 41,443 44,632 -7.1%
#10
Lexus GS
3423 2745 24.7% 23,117 22,198 4.1%
#11
Volvo XC90
3135 68 4510% 12,777 3952 223%
#12
Lexus GX460
3118 2707 15.2% 25,212 22,685 11.1%
#13
Cadillac XTS
3070 2276 34.9% 23,112 24,335 -5.0%
#14
BMW 5-Series
2985 5517 -45.9% 44,162 52,704 -16.2%
#15
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2849 3394 -16.1% 27,707 26,598 4.2%

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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