Mercedes-Benz’s dominant GL-Class outsold the combined efforts of the Cadillac Escalade trio, the Range Rover, and the Lexus LX570 in February 2013. You could put it another way: the GL outsold the Infiniti QX56, Lincoln Navigator, Toyota Land Cruiser, and the Range Rover combined.
That’s strictly a view of U.S. February volume. Undoubtedly, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is popular, and it’s growing in popularity. 2012 volume was second only to 2007, when the overall U.S. vehicle market was nearly two million units larger. Through one-sixth of 2012, GL-Class sales in America are half-again as strong as they were last year.
We are not far from seeing what Cadillac will do with the next-generation Escalade. Not surprisingly, as it’s aged, U.S. volume has suffered. The regular-wheelbase Escalade has found 1703 buyers this year, down 15%. Escalade ESV volume fell 10% to 1100 units. The Avalanche-based EXT is up 41% to 363, and it’s also shown with pickups as February’s twelfth-best-selling truck.
Click the model names in the table below to find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these sport-utility vehicles – let’s not call these big boys crossovers.