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

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
Lexus, which may have outsold all premium brands in America in calendar year 2015, fended off challenges by BMW and Mercedes-Benz despite falling 3% in March 2016. The premium sector's declines would be hugely worrisome if not for the gains reported by many SUVs and crossovers. 


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - March 2016 YTD


Leading cars from Mercedes-Benz and BMW fell 15% and 30% in the first-quarter of 2016, losses equal to 9224 sales for the C-Class and 3-Series.

Fortunately, U.S. sales of the Mercedes-Benz GLC (the GLK's replacement) surged 94% in 2016's first three months while BMW X3 volume jumped 70%, gains worth 9546 additional sales for Mercedes-Benz and BMW dealers. 


USA luxury auto brand market share chart March 2016
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The GLC and X3 ranked seventh and 11th among premium brand autos in March 2016, claiming two of the top 15's nine spots reserved by utility vehicles.

Among vehicles with base prices above $50,000, 11 of the top 15 most popular vehicles in America in March 2016 were SUVs and crossovers. Not a single one ff the four cars on the list posted improved sales this March – six of the 11 SUVs did so.

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.

April 2016 • February 2016March 2015

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
March
2016
March
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Lexus RX
964891775.1%23,79622,2367.0%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
66587635-12.8%17,83920,943-14.8%
#3
BMW 3-Series
62189473-34.4%14,10020,220-30.3%
#4
Lexus ES
579257730.3%13,01814,045-7.3%
#5
Infiniti Q50
5590390143.3%11,86810,51612.9%
#6
Acura RDX
5310396334.0%12,21211,3427.7%
#7
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class & GLK-Class
4871247896.6%10,998565794.4%
#8
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
4730402317.6%12,34110,48317.7%
#9
BMW 4-Series
47105362-12.2%922510,711-13.9%
#10
Lexus NX
4533363324.8%11,375911124.8%
#11
BMW X3
44761541190%10,211600670.0%
#12
Acura MDX
40885503-25.7%11,95614,437-17.2%
#13
Cadillac SRX
40715000-18.6%12,86612,2944.7%
#14
Infiniti QX60
3905324320.4%900788052.3%
#15
Acura TLX
376834309.9%90879741-6.7%
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 $50K
March 2016
March
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
4730402317.6%12,34110,48317.7%
#2
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
36954489-17.7%856011,234-23.8%
#3
BMW X5
36174388-17.6%10,04311,751-14.5%
#4
Cadillac Escalade
3238275817.4%810778992.6%

Cadillac Escalade *
1974167318.0%502148264.0%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
1264108516.5%308630730.4%
#5
BMW 5-Series
31575100-38.1%971012,065-19.5%
#6
Audi Q7
3004156092.6%69933452103%
#7
Chevrolet Corvette
27533785-27.3%63708517-25.2%
#8
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
25072646-5.3%55526225-10.8%
#9
GMC Yukon XL
2427197722.8%6702599011.9%
#10
Lexus GX460
19612024-3.1%52195480-4.8%
#11
Land Rover Range Rover
17921996-10.2%48054835-0.6%
#12
Land Rover LR4
156984186.6%3462206567.7%
#13
Infiniti QX80
14031416-0.9%40544247-4.5%
#14
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
13322098-36.5%41675096-18.2%
#15
Lincoln Navigator
1311109719.5%296828753.2%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
$50,000 USD (before delivery) is an arbitrary borderline, upgraded in 2016 from $45K last year by $5K, 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, 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 below that borderline.

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

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