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

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe
The Lexus RX's 11% year-over-year increase powered Toyota's most popular upmarket vehicle to a huge 1178-unit margin of victory over the second-best-selling premium brand vehicle in America in June 2016.


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


The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a scant 48 sales ahead of the third-ranked BMW 3-Series, continued as America's top-selling premium brand passenger car in June. But the majority of popular luxury vehicles in the United States aren't cars at all – they're SUVs or crossovers; CUVs or utility vehicles or whatever you choose to call them.

11 of the 15 top-selling premium brand vehicles in America in June 2016 were SUVs/crossovers, including pairings from Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Acura. 

USA luxury auto brand market share chart June 2016
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Among vehicles with price tags above $50,000, nine of the top 15 were utility vehicles. A number of the utility vehicle gains were significant. 

The Mercedes-Benz GLE, GLS, and GLC; Infiniti QX60 and QX80; BMW X3, and Audi Q7 all increased their June volume by more than 25% in a new vehicle market which grew just 2%.

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.

July 2016 • May 2016June 2015

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
June
2016
June
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Lexus RX
8045
7233
11.2%
49,412
44,279
11.6%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6867
8316
-17.4%
37,305
43,337
-13.9%
#3
BMW 3-Series
6819
6891
-1.0%
32,976
42,796
-22.9%
#4
Lexus ES
5060
4742
6.7%
27,893
29,041
-4.0%
#5
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
4515
3541
27.5%
25,186
22,960
9.7%
#6
Audi Q5
4419
4270
3.5%
21,986
21,666
1.5%
#7
Infiniti QX60
4380
3003
45.9%
20,972
17,778
18.0%
#8
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class ^
4292
4055
5.8%
22,458
25,053
-10.4%
#9
Cadillac XT5
4185
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#10
Lexus NX
4069
3503
16.2%
23,290
20,049
16.2%
#11
BMW X5
4018
7508
-46.5%
22,204
29,151
-23.8%
#12
BMW X3
3900
2301
69.5%
19,828
13,283
49.3%
#13
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class & GLK-Class
3771
2549
47.9%
23,391
13,835
69.1%
#14
Acura MDX
3718
4592
-19.0%
24,615
29,420
-16.3%
#15
Acura RDX
3593
5056
-28.9%
26,276
25,713
2.2%
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
June 2016
June
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
4515
3541
27.5%
25,186
22,960
9.7%
#2
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class ^
4292
4055
5.8%
22,458
25,053
-10.4%
#3
BMW X5
4018
7508
-46.5%
22,204
29,151
-23.8%
#4
Cadillac Escalade
2960
2514
17.7%
17,017
16,309
4.3%

Cadillac Escalade *
1779
1522
16.9%
10,464
9,910
5.6%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
1181
992
19.1%
6553
6401
2.4%
#5
BMW 5-Series
2847
2965
-4.0%
20,275
23,581
-14.0%
#6
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class & GL-Class
2651
2086
27.1%
12,880
12,938
-0.4%
#7
Audi Q7
2613
1630
60.3%
14,741
8525
72.9%
#8
GMC Yukon XL
2594
2407
7.8%
14,198
13,438
5.7%
#9
Chevrolet Corvette
2483
2807
-11.5%
14,668
18,307
-19.9%
#10
Lexus GX460
2098
2079
0.9%
11,150
11,691
-4.6%
#11
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1626
1516
7.3%
10,374
11,173
-7.2%
#12
Infiniti QX80
1545
996
55.1%
8064
7326
10.1%
#13
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1487
1593
-6.7%
8493
10,580
-19.7%
#14
BMW 7-Series
1408
832
69.2%
5605
5223
7.3%
#15
Lexus GS
1351
1643
-17.8%
7452
11,142
-33.1%
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 $20,000 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.
^ Mercedes-Benz USA, not GCBC, has chosen to combine E-Class and CLS-Class sales figures.
* Escalade breakdown by variant

RECOMMENDED READING
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - July 2016
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - May 2016
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - June 2015

Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America - June 2016
Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In America - June 2016
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - June 2016

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