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

2015 Lexus NX
Sharp Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series U.S. sales declines in January 2016 allowed the Lexus RX to keep its hold on the top spot as America's luxury leader. RX sales rose 6% compared with January 2015 as the C-Class and now eighth-ranked 3-Series tumbled 19% and 31%, respectively.

The 3-Series wasn't even the most popular BMW in America last month. The 5-Series, up 13% to 3795 sales, outsold the 3er by 508 units. (BMW USA also sold 1832 copies of the 4-Series, a 3-Series offshoot, but 4-Series sales were likewise down 30% in January.)


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - January 2016


The RX's climb came s Lexus also managed to increase sales of their new entry-level crossover. The NX was up 11% to 3133 units, fifth among premium utility vehicles and tops in the small luxury SUV/crossover race.

USA best-selling luxury auto market share chart January 2016
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Despite the C-Class's slide and an accompanying 42% drop in E-Class sales, Mercedes-Benz was America's top-selling premium brand in January. 

Five of the 15 top-selling luxury nameplates were Benzes, including the GLK-replacing GLC and the M-Class-replacing GLE. 

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.

February 2016 • December 2015January 2015

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
January
2016
January
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Lexus RX
6,956
6,569
5.9%
6,956
6,569
5.9%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
5,079
6,236
-18.6%
5,079
6,236
-18.6%
#3
Cadillac SRX
4,778
3,485
37.1%
4,778
3,485
37.1%
#4
BMW 5-Series
3,795
3,359
13.0%
3,795
3,359
13.0%
#5
Acura MDX
3,576
4,381
-18.4%
3,576
4,381
-18.4%
#6
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
3,515
---
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3,515
---
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#7
Lexus ES
3,400
4,080
-16.7%
3,400
4,080
-16.7%
#8
BMW 3-Series
3,287
4,733
-30.6%
3,287
4,733
-30.6%
#9
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
3,168
2,491
27.2%
3,168
2,491
27.2%
#10
Lexus NX
3,133
2,812
11.4%
3,133
2,812
11.4%
#11
Acura RDX
3,104
3,517
-11.7%
3,104
3,517
-11.7%
#12
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
3,041
1,878
61.9%
3,041
1,878
61.9%
#13
Infiniti Q50
2,914
2,966
-1.8%
2,914
2,966
-1.8%
#14
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
2,765
---
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2,765
---
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#15
Audi Q5
2,691
2,927
-8.1%
2,691
2,927
-8.1%
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 $50K
January 2016
January
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 5-Series
3,795
3,359
13.0%
3,795
3,359
13.0%
#2
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
3,515
---
---
3,515
---
---
#3
BMW X5
2,584
3,214
-19.6%
2,584
3,214
-19.6%
#4
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2,503
4,336
-42.3%
2,503
4,336
-42.3%
#5
Audi Q7
2,336
880
165%
2,336
880
165%
#6
Cadillac Escalade
2,002
2,766
-27.6%
2,002
2,766
-27.6%

Cadillac Escalade *
1,227
1,664
-26.3%
1,227 
1,664 
-26.3% 

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
775
1,100
-29.5%
1,227 
1,664 
-26.3% 
#7
GMC Yukon XL
1,995
1,965
1.5%
1,995
1,965
1.5%
#8
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
1,796
2,121
-15.3%
1,796
2,121
-15.3%
#9
Lexus GX
1,608
1,803
-10.8%
1,608
1,803
-10.8%
#10
Chevrolet Corvette
1,501
2,127
-29.4%
1,501
2,127
-29.4%
#11
Land Rover Range Rover
1,475
1,481
-0.4%
1,475
1,481
-0.4%
#12
Porsche Macan
1,469
796
84.5%
1,469
796
84.5%
#13
Porsche Cayenne
1,395
1,116
25.0%
1,395
1,116
25.0%
#14
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1,361
1,752
-22.3%
1,361
1,752
-22.3%
#15
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1,277
1,566
-18.5%
1,277
1,566
-18.5%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
$50,000 USD (before delivery) is an arbitrary borderline, upgraded by $5K in 2016 from $45K last year, but if GCBC was to follow this system of designating only expensive vehicles as luxury vehicles, adding approximately $25,000 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 $50,000 - M 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 below that borderline.


RECOMMENDED READING
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - February 2016
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - December 2015

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