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

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The Lexus RX flew high and above all other premium brand contenders in August 2016, producing a 1% gain in an industry which declined whilst its three top-selling premium brand rivals posted declines.


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


The Lexus NX, meanwhile, was the second-best-selling premium brand utility vehicle in August. There were three Lexus products in the top five, including the Lexus ES sedan, during a month in which Lexus was America's top-selling luxury auto brand. 

USA luxury auto brand market share chart August 2016
Among vehicles with price tags above $50,000, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class was August's leader thanks to a 15% year-over-year U.S. sales uptick. Nine of the top 15 best-selling $50K+ vehicles were utility vehicles, from the BMW X5 to the Land Rover Range Rover. 

Six in ten Range Rovers sold in August were top-spec supercharged V8s.

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. Mobile users can now thumb across the tables for full-width access.

July 2016August 2015

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
August 2016
August
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Lexus RX
9,701
9,620
0.8%
67,635
62,163
8.8%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6,125
7,154
-14.4%
49,734
56,875
-12.6%
#3
BMW 3-Series
5,885
10,163
-42.1%
45,660
60,688
-24.8%
#4
Lexus ES
5,840
7,286
-19.8%
39,230
41,767
-6.1%
#5
Lexus NX
5,407
4,448
21.6%
33,386
28,834
15.8%
#6
Acura MDX
5,131
4,747
8.1%
34,648
39,144
-11.5%
#7
Cadillac XT5
4,929
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17,088
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#8
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class & GLK-Class
4,715
2,168
117%
31,517
18,321
72.0%
#9
BMW X3
4,668
2,127
119%
27,174
17,750
53.1%
#10
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4,623
4,006
15.4%
29,326
31,152
-5.9%
#11
Audi Q5
4,419
5,051
-12.5%
31,238
31,417
-0.6%
#12
Acura RDX
4,207
4,364
-3.6%
34,803
34,654
0.4%
#13
BMW X5
4,121
2,803
47.0%
29,069
37,965
-23.4%
#14
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
3,756
4,481
-16.2%
33,354
31,292
6.6%
#15
Infiniti Q50
3,745
3,839
-2.4%
26,804
28,046
-4.4%
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
August 2016
August
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4,623
4,006
15.4%
29,326
31,152
-5.9%
#2
BMW X5
4,121
2,803
47.0%
29,069
37,965
-23.4%
#3
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
3,756
4,481
-16.2%
33,354
31,292
6.6%
#4
GMC Yukon XL
3,478
2,175
59.9%
20,613
17,912
15.1%
#5
Chevrolet Corvette
3,063
2,725
12.4%
19,890
23,826
-16.5%
#6
Cadillac Escalade
3,037
3,080
-1.4%
22,937
22,321
2.8%

Cadillac Escalade *
1,867
1,770
5.5%
14,034
13,349
5.1%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
1,170
1,310
-10.7%
8,903
8,972
-0.8%
#7
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class & GL-Class
2,912
2,188
33.1%
18,462
16,881
9.4%
#8
BMW 5-Series
2,606
4,012
-35.0%
26,184
29,779
-12.1%
#9
Lexus GX460
2,493
2,221
12.2%
15,561
16,249
-4.2%
#10
Audi Q7
2,347
2,016
16.4%
19,410
12,480
55.5%
#11
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1,698
2,045
-17.0%
11,974
14,040
-14.7%
#12
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1,667
1,387
20.2%
13,813
13,898
-0.6%
#13
Infiniti QX80
1,261
1,086
16.1%
10,592
9,488
11.6%
#14
Cadillac CT6
1,242
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4,048
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#15
Land Rover Range Rover
1,236
1,058
16.8%
10,519
11,224
-6.3%
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.
* Escalade breakdown by variant

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