Although sales of the BMW 7-Series were cut in half in July 2013, the biggest BMW was the top-selling car in its category last month.
That excludes the Tesla Model S, which treads ground between E-Classes and S-Classes, the 5-Series and 7-Series, and which likely sold 1550 times in July – Tesla doesn’t release monthly U.S. sales data. Still, that’s more than double what most big limos managed, although Mercedes-Benz sold 5605 E-Class sedans, coupes, convertibles, and wagons in July in the category below this one.
Sales of the BMW 6-Series sedan, coupe, and convertible tumbled, as well. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class plunged 32%, Porsche Panamera volume slid 22%.
Year-to-date, the S-Class is 862 sales ahead of the 7-Series, which is 18 sales up on the Lexus LS.
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July’s results mark the first time in which the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class are included in this GCBC “large” luxury car list. (We’ll continue to show them with the lower-priced midsize luxury cars for the time being, for consistency’s sake.)
The A7’s price puts it closer to the A8 than it is to the A6. The CLS, though significantly less costly and less roomy than an S-Class, is just as expensive as the Lexus LS, and it belongs here as much as it does in a list that includes the Lincoln MKZ. Either way, the A7 and CLS are both more attractively priced than the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, a car with which they theoretically compete.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. This table is now sortable, so you can rank large luxury cars any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.