Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America – January 2017


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The Mercedes-Benz C-Class started off 2017 on the right foot, surging 27% beyond January 2016’s total to end January 2017 as America’s top-selling premium brand auto. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – January 2017

The next-best-selling car was Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class, ranked third overall. (Mercedes-Benz is now including CLS sales inside the E’s total.) Total E-Class/CLS-Class sales jumped 49% in January. The second-ranked Lexus RX, America’s top-selling premium utility vehicle and 2016’s top-selling premium brand vehicle overall, sid 21% to 5520 units as Lexus reported a five-year sales low.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart January 2017
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Of the 15 top-selling premium brand autos in America in January 2017, 11 were SUVs/crossovers. 

The E-Class was the most popular vehicle among new vehicles with base prices above $50,000. Of the 15 $50K+ leaders, the E-Class, its S-Class big brother, its BMW 5-Series rival, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Porsche 911 were the only passenger cars. 

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.

February 2017 • December 2016January 2016

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
January
2017
January
2016

Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6,453
5,079
27.1%
#2
Lexus RX
5,520
6,956
-20.6%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
4,155
2,790
48.9%
#4
BMW 3-Series
4,032
3,287
22.7%
#5
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
3,970
3,663
8.4%
#6
Cadillac XT5
3,883
#7
Audi Q5
3,636
2,691
35.1%
#8
BMW X5
3,276
2,584
26.8%
#9
Acura MDX
3,274
3,576
-8.4%
#10
Infiniti Q50
3,206
2,914
10.0%
#11
Acura RDX
3,202
3,104
3.2%
#12
BMW X3
3,154
2,002
57.5%
#13
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class & GLK-Class
3,065
2,849
7.6%
#14
Lexus NX
2,964
3,133
-5.4%
#15
Lincoln MKX
2,928
2,052
42.7%

For the purposes of the above list, premium brands include Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo. Brands like Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Lotus don’t report specific monthly sales data.

Rank
Vehicles With Base Prices Above $50K
January 
2017
January
2015

Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
4,155
2,790
48.9%
#2
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
3,970
3,663
8.4%
#3
BMW X5
3,276
2,584
26.8%
#4
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class & GL-Class
2,336
1,796
30.1%
#5
Cadillac Escalade
2,197
2,002
9.7%
Cadillac Escalade *
1,218
1,227
-0.7%
Cadillac Escalade ESV *
979
775
26.3%
#6
GMC Yukon XL
2,078
1,995
4.2%
#7
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1,918
1,361
40.9%
#8
Land Rover Range Rover
1,833
1,475
24.3%
#9
Infiniti QX80
1,749
1,164
50.3%
#10
Lexus GX
1,418
1,608
-11.8%
#11
Porsche Cayenne
1,350
1,395
-3.2%
#12
Chevrolet Corvette
1,263
1,501
-15.9%
#13
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1,212
1,277
-5.1%
#14
Porsche 911
814
723
12.6%
#15
BMW 5-Series
749
3,795
-80.3%

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.

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