Here is a list of the top 10 best selling luxury cars as of March 2013. Sports utility
vehicles are not included, so only sedans, coupes, convertibles and wagons are part
of the list.
10. Cadillac ATS – 9,750 units
The Cadillac ATS is a luxury compact sedan from General Motors. The four-door,
five-passenger vehicle first came into production in 2012, with the first model being
released in 2013. It is based on the GM Alpha platform and is assembled in Lansing
in Michigan. It is the smallest vehicle in the Cadillac lineup. It has a front-engine
layout with either a four-wheel or rear-wheel drive. The engine comes in 2-liter I4,
2.5-liter I4 or 3.6-liter V6 variants. Transmission is either a six-speed manual or six-
9. Audi A4 – 9,795 units
The Audi A4 is a compact luxury car from the German manufacturer Audi, which is
part of the Volkswagen Group of companies. The car first came out in 1994 and is
now on its fourth generation. It is based on the Volkswagen Group B8 platform with
a choice of body style between a four-door sedan and a five-door wagon. The car
is assembled in Germany, Indonesia and India. The top of the line gasoline version
has a 3.2-liter V6 FSI engine, while the diesel counterpart boasts of a 3-liter V6 TDI
engine. Transmission systems range from the six-speed manual to the eight-speed
8. Buick LaCrosse – 11,372 units
The Buick LaCrosse is a mid-size luxury sedan from General Motors. It first came
into production in 2004 and is now on its second generation. The four-door vehicle
is based on the GM Epsilon II platform. Assembly plants are based in Kansas City,
Shanghai and Bupyeong in South Korea. It comes in several variants, namely the
2.4-liter Ecotec I4 engine, the 3-liter HFV6 V6 engine and the 3.6-liter HFV6 V6
engine. The car has a six-speed automatic transmission. It was also marketed as the
Buick Allure in Canada in 2010 and as the Daewoo Alpheon in South Korea.
7. Buick Verano – 11,395 units
The Buick Verano is a compact luxury sedan from General Motors. It first came into
production in 2011 with the first model being released the following year. It is Buick’s
replacement for the Skylark and is based on the Delta II platform. The four-door
sedan has a front engine and front-wheel drive layout. It comes in either a 2.4-liter
Ecotec I4 Flex-Fuel engine or a 2-liter Ecotec t/c I4 engine. Transmission is either a
six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.
6. BMW 5-Series – 12,139 units
The BMW 5-Series is a luxury car from the German manufacturer BMW. It first came
into production in 1972 and is now on its sixth generation. It comes in sedan, station wagon or liftback style. The car has a front engine layout with either a rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. You can choose from either the petrol or diesel versions, with the top of the line petrol version boasting of a 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 engine capable of 407 horsepower. On the other hand, the top diesel model has at 3-liter I6 engine capable of 381 horsepower. Depending on the model, the transmission is either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed ZF 8HP automatic.
5. Infiniti G – 12,916 units
The Infiniti G is a compact, entry-level luxury car from Infiniti, the luxury brand of
Nissan. The car first came out in 1990 and is now on its fourth generation, with a
fifth one scheduled to come out in 2014. Buyers can choose from a four-door sedan,
two-door coupe or two-door convertible. The car is based on the Nissan FM platform
and is assembled solely in Japan. It has a front engine layout in either rear-wheel
or four-wheel drive. The top of the line model has a 3.7-liter V6 engine capable of
348 horsepower. It comes in either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic
4. Mercedes Benz E-Class – 13,689 units
The Mercedes Benz E-Class is a luxury car from the German giant Mercedes Benz.
The car is assembled in Germany, Mexico, India, Egypt and China. Customers can
choose from different body styles, namely the four-door sedan, the five-door station
wagon, the two-door coupe or the two-door convertible. The car has a front engine
layout with either a rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.
3. Lexus ES – 16,801 units
The Lexus ES is a mid-size luxury sedan from Toyota. It first came into production
in 1989 and is now on its sixth generation. The latest model is based on the Toyota
Avalon platform, which is a departure from its predecessors that were built on
the Toyota Camry platform. The car is assembled in Japan and comes in either a
gasoline or gasoline hybrid model. The gasoline model has either a 2.5-liter 5AR-FE
I4 or 3.5-liter 2GR-FE V6 engine, while the hybrid boasts of a 2.5-liter 2AR-FXE I4
engine. It has a six-speed automatic transmission system.
2. BMW 3-Series – 20,662 units
The BMW 3-Series is a compact luxury car from the German giant BMW. The
car first came out in 1974 and is now on its sixth generation. Current body styles
available include the four-door saloon, the five-door touring and the five-door GT
hatchback. The car is assembled in Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Egypt, Russia,
China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. It has a front engine layout in either rear-wheel
or four-wheel drive. It is considered as the carmaker’s best selling model and boasts
of a number of awards over the years.
1. Mercedes Benz C-Class – 22,912 units
The Mercedes Benz C-Class is a compact luxury car from the German automaker
Mercedes Benz. It first came into production in 1993 and is now on its third generation. Current body styles available include the four-door saloon and the five-door estate. Based on the Mercedes Benz W204 platform, the car is assembled in Germany, South Africa, Egypt, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and China. The top of the line model has a 6.2-liter V8 engine and seven-speed automatic transmission.