Leading the way with six models in America’s list of the Top 30 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles in 2010, Mercedes-Benz appears just a tad bit more dominant than they really were last year. Lexus was America’s best-selling luxury brand. And while some of the Sales Stats you see below utilize some fairly big numbers, only the Lexus RX and BMW 3-Series stand out as vehicles which can compete on a level not unlike that of America’s true best-selling vehicles. Even then, for every 3-Series BMW sold in the United States in 2010 Toyota sold more than three Camrys.
Setting aside overall volume for a moment, let’s talk about eligibility. The Hyundai Genesis’ inclusion here is due to the sedan’s status as a $33,000 premium car, certainly not the company’s value-minded mainstream badge. That said, in Canada at least, the Genesis Coupe far out-sells the regular Genesis sedan. So how many of Hyundai’s 29,122 Genesis sales in 2010 were of the true luxury variety? Here’s another way of looking at it: boot the Genesis off this list of America’s most popular luxury cars and insert the BMW 1-Series and its 13,132 sales, up 18.3% from 2009. Does the Cadillac DTS’s presence on this list just make you feel icky, like you sprayed on too much tan in Del Boca Vista? Well, Chevrolet Corvette sales totalled 12,624 in 2010. Can’t stand the thought of a Chevrolet being counted as a luxury car? Land Rover Range Rover Sport sales rose 8.7% to 12,347 in 2010. Lexus LS sales weren’t far behind at 12,275, nor were sales of the BMW 7-Series at 12,253.
18 of the vehicles below are cars in the traditional sense. The other twelve take on the form of either an SUV or crossover, or in the case of the Cadillac Escalade EXT (7.7% of total Escalade sales), an SUV with a truck bed. 25 out of the 30 vehicles in the list of luxury players improved on their 2009 sales totals. Twelve vehicles on the list are German creations; ten are Japanese; one is Korean; the other eight are Detroit iron.
Here are the Top 10 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America in 2010.