Every one of America’s 30 best-selling luxury vehicles posted gains over February 2011 volumes, every vehicle except for three Cadillacs and one BMW. Although Cadillac SRX and CTS sales improved dramatically in year-over-year comparisons with March 2010, the declines from February were 23.3% and 35.3%, respectively, in a market which grew 17%. Overall, slightly less then one-third of the 30 best-selling luxury vehicles in America posted falling year-over-year sales, the BMW 3-Series’ 9.7% (explainable) drop sticking out like a sore thumb with red font in the #2 spot.

17 of the 30 most popular luxury vehicles in March 2011 were traditional passenger cars. You might say the $29,120 2011 Lexus CT200h, a hatchback available only with a hybrid powertrain, is the least traditional of those 17. The majority may be cars, but the victor is the Lexus RX350/Lexus RX450h luxury crossover family. RX sales rose 6.7% over March 2010; up 31% from February, way out-performing the overall market.

Just about 1800 units back of the RX is the increasingly successful Infiniti G. Year-over-year, sales of the G jumped 23.6% in March and were up 27.6% from the previous month. 1448 of the G’s 7009 March 2011 sales were G37 Coupes. Along with the G25 and G37, there are seven other Japanese vehicles in this group of America’s 30 favourite luxury autos. Half the cars in this list wear European badges. That leaves one Korean and six Detroit machines.

Rank
Car
Status
March 2011
Last Month
March 2010
#1
Lexus RX
8600
6567
8060
#2
BMW 3-Series
8503
4872
9413
#3
Infiniti G
7009
5492
5671
#4
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6542
4479
6006
#5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6107
4203
5042
#6
BMW 5-Series
4491
4212
2886
#7
Cadillac SRX
4221
5502
4090
#8
Acura MDX
4113
3845
3281
#9
Acura TL
3995
2447
3917
#10
Cadillac CTS
3904
6033
2870
#11
Lexus ES
3732
2598
3860
#12
Audi A4
3428
2770
3058
#13
Lincoln MKZ
3138
1775
2456
#14
Lexus IS
2956
2081
3157
#15
Acura TSX
2810
2794
3072
#16
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
2792
1924
2154
#17
Hyundai Genesis
2664
2441
2145
#18
BMW X3
2648
1987
716
#19
Lincoln MKX
2267
1636
2032
#20
Lexus CT200h
2199
—–
—–
#21
Audi Q5
2083
1539
1701
#22
BMW X5
2010
2646
2536
#23
Cadillac Escalade
1982
2202
2094
#24
Mercedes-Benz GLK
1963
1853
2333
#25
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
1953
1472
1881
#26
Volvo S60
1952
1247
1
#27
Cadillac DTS
1580
1512
2146
#28
Audi A5
1388
1142
1675
#29
Land Rover 
Range Rover Sport
1374
984
1033
#30
Volvo XC60
1369
1184
1263

Source: Manufacturers And Automotive News Data Center

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