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

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Soaring September sales provided the Lexus RX with another victory as the best-selling premium brand vehicle in America. 

Thanks to an 11% year-over-year uptick, the RX crossover outsold the BMW 3-Series – America's top-selling premium brand car last month and the second-ranked premium car so far this year – by nearly 1200 units.


U.S. Vehicle Sales By Model - September 2016 YTD


Among the 15 top-selling premium brand vehicles in September 2016, the RX was one of 10 SUVs/crossovers. Three of the five top-selling premium brand cars reported harsh year-over-year declines.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart September 2016
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Among vehicles with base prices above $50,000, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (and its CLS offshoot) was the top seller. 

But the E-Class was one of just five cars, a list that includes the Chevrolet Corvette, BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Cadillac CT6. 

For the CT6, the 1343-unit total was the best month yet.

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.

October 2016 • August 2015September 2015

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
September 2016
September
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Lexus RX
8,605
7,759
10.9%
76,240
69,922
9.0%
#2
BMW 3-Series
7,432
9,145
-18.7%
53,092
69,833
-24.0%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6,600
7,660
-13.8%
56,334
64,535
-12.7%
#4
Acura MDX
4,930
4,313
14.3%
39,578
43,457
-8.9%
#5
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class & GLK-Class
4,873
2,056
137%
36,390
20,377
78.6%
#6
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
4,824
4,472
7.9%
37,576
39,941
-5.9%
#7
Lexus NX
4,729
3,113
51.9%
38,115
31,947
19.3%
#8
Cadillac XT5
4,608
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21,696
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#9
Lexus ES
4,543
5,195
-12.6%
43,773
46,962
-6.8%
#10
Infiniti Q50
4,359
3,557
22.5%
31,163
31,603
-1.4%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
4,127
5,151
-19.9%
37,481
36,447
2.8%
#12
Audi Q5
3,957
5,149
-23.2%
35,195
36,566
-3.7%
#13
Acura RDX
3,919
3,848
1.8%
38,722
38,502
0.6%
#14
BMW X3
3,829
3,033
26.2%
31,003
20,783
49.2%
#15
Cadillac Escalade
3,750
2,809
33.5%
26,687
25,130
6.2%
#15
Cadillac Escalade *
2,097
1,628
28.8%
16,131
14,977
7.7%
#15
Cadillac Escalade ESV *
1,653
1,181
40.0%
10,556
10,153
4.0%
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
September 2016
September
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
4,824
4,472
7.9%
37,576
39,941
-5.9%
#2
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
4,127
5,151
-19.9%
37,481
36,447
2.8%
#3
Cadillac Escalade
3,750
2,809
33.5%
26,687
25,130
6.2%

Cadillac Escalade *
2,097
1,628
28.8%
16,131
14,977
7.7%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
1,653
1,181
40.0%
10,556
10,153
4.0%
#4
BMW X5
3,749
2,525
48.5%
32,818
40,490
-18.9%
#5
GMC Yukon XL
3,500
3,027
15.6%
24,113
20,939
15.2%
#6
Chevrolet Corvette
2,829
2,572
10.0%
22,719
26,398
-13.9%
#7
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class & GL-Class
2,782
2,448
13.6%
21,244
19,329
9.9%
#8
Audi Q7
2,475
1,941
27.5%
21,885
14,421
51.8%
#9
Lexus GX460
1,984
1,611
23.2%
17,545
17,860
-1.8%
#10
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1,532
1,633
-6.2%
15,345
15,531
-1.2%
#11
BMW 5-Series
1,521
4,059
-62.5%
27,705
33,838
-18.1%
#12
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1,440
1,956
-26.4%
13,414
15,996
-16.1%
#13
Cadillac CT6
1,343
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5,391
---
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#14
Porsche Cayenne
1,239
1,323
-6.3%
11,506
12,267
-6.2%
#15
Infiniti QX80
1,202
1,044
15.1%
11,794
10,532
12.0%
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.

RECOMMENDED READING
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - October 2016
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