Falling off this month’s list of America’s 30 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles are the Lexus GX460 and the Good 12-winning Porsche Cayenne. BMW’s 3-Series fell from second to fifth on a 28.5% year-over-year drop and a 15.5% drop from January 2011. BMW was the most popular luxury brand in the United States in February, helped by a strong 5-Series performance (ranked 7th below, up 86.6% from February 2010) and the BMW X3, up 466.1% now that the appealing second-generation SAV is available.
All these stories seem small when contrasted with Cadillac’s strong performance. The CTS posted a 124.3% sales increase and came within spitting distance of being crowned America’s most popular luxury vehicle in February. Right behind the Good 12-winning CTS was the Cadillac SRX and its 55.3% jump. Back in 16th and 24th you’ll find Cadillacs. One can imagine how strong Cadillac would be if the STS was a viable 5-Series/E-Class alternative: STS sales were up 56.3%, but that only indicates a 187-unit climb to 519 measly sales. (Cadillac failed to sell a single STS in Canada in February.)