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As it was in May, June, and July, the BMW 3-Series was America’s best-selling luxury car and best-selling luxury vehicle overall in August 2011. A new 3-Series is just around the corner, and sales seemed to have been suffering as a result. But in August the 3-Series was up 5.2%.

America’s favourite premium utility was the Lexus RX. Not since April has the RX held the overall top spot. RX sales tumbled, a statement we’ve been prepared to make ever since Japan’s tragic March 11 earthquake wreaked havoc on every facet of Japanese life.

Sales of domestic passenger cars rose 10% in August, but much of that came down to the Chevrolet Cruze and Chrysler 200. The Cadillac CTS played a role, nonetheless. Sales of the entry-level Caddy jumped 39.2% to 5783, enough to make the CTS America’s third-best-selling luxury vehicle, up three spots from July. CTS sales are up 30% through the first two-thirds of 2011.

18 of the 30 most popular premium vehicles in America last month were traditional passenger cars. Some, like the Lexus CT200h, are less conventional. Another, the Lincoln Town car, is so traditional it’s being put out to pasture. 14 of the vehicles on this list of best-selling luxury autos are European, though some of the Europeans are built in the southern United States. 

For those uncomfortable with the thought of the value-priced Hyundai Genesis Coupe helping the overall Genesis nameplate find its way onto this list of America’s 30 best-selling luxury vehicles, candidates waiting in the wings include the Acura RDX (1139 sales), Infiniti M (1072), Audi A6 (989), and Mercedes-Benz S-Class (981). 

Rank
Luxury Vehicle
Status
August 2011
August 2010
Year-To-Date
#1
BMW 3-Series
8775 8339 61,277
#2
Lexus RX
6504 8506 51,813
#3
Cadillac CTS
5783 4155 37,237
#4
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
5628 5882 42,702
#5
Infiniti G
5548 5426 38,354
#6
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
4728 6100 39,263
#7
Cadillac SRX
4627 4325 34,960
#8
BMW 5-Series
4294 3047 33,899
#9
Lexus ES
3887 4161 23,333
#10
Hyundai Genesis
3253 2889 22,224
#11
Acura MDX
3126 4386 28,759
#12
BMW X5
2944 2786 22,169
#13
Lexus IS
2865 3005 18,185
#14
Audi A4
2623 2860 23,708
#15
Acura TL
2404 2882 20,373
#16
BMW X3
2382 892 17,314
#17
Lincoln MKZ
2337 1558 19,122
#18
Audi Q5
2301 2675 15,336
#19
Acura TSX
2263 2419 18,609
#20
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
2191 2473 19,158
#21
Lexus CT200h
2087 —– 7408
#22
Lincoln MKX
1971 1715 14,699
#23
Cadillac Escalade
1934 1988 15,262
#24
Mercedes-Benz GLK
1933 1426 15,073
#25
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
1730 1349 14,655
#26
Volvo S60
1544 175 14,176
#27
Lincoln MKS
1498 1111 7770
#28
Audi A5
1322 1424 10,455
#29
Land Rover 
Range Rover Sport
1199 860 9328
#30
Lincoln Town Car
1196 825 7882

Source: Manufacturers

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