Mercedes-Benz led the way in sales for premium brands last year in the United States with 353,183 units sold.
It wasn’t all good for Mercedes-Benz, however, as the German automaker saw a sharp 15.79% decline in sales last year.
BMW came in second with 311,014 recorded sales in 2018 while Lexus rounded out the top 3 with 298,302 units sold. Audi (220,737 units sold) and Buick (207,223 units sold) complete the top 5 best-selling premium brands in the US last year.
It was announced yesterday that Tesla had outsold Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus to become the top luxury automaker, but that’s just looking at the last quarter of the year. Overall, Tesla finished the year with 197,517 vehicles sold.
Still, that represents a dramatic increase of 294% in sales for the California-based automaker. Tesla finished 4th in December sales for premium vehicles, selling almost 5 times more cars last month than in 2017.
Here is the complete best-selling premium brands for the US market in 2018.
Mercedes-Benz – 353,183 units sold
BMW – 311,014 units sold
Lexus – 298,302 units sold
Audi – 220,737 units sold
Buick – 207,223 units sold
Tesla – 197,517 units sold
Acura – 158,934 units sold
Cadillac – 153,863 units sold
Infiniti – 149,280 units sold
Lincoln – 103,584 units sold
Volvo – 94,615 units sold
Land Rover/Range Rover – 92,143 units sold
Porsche – 59,116 units sold
Jaguar – 30,254 units sold
Alfa Romeo – 23,800 units sold
Genesis – 9,940 units sold
Alfa Romeo nearly doubled its sales in 2018 compared to the previous year which is encouraging for the Italian automaker as it tries to solidify its place in the US market. Inversely, Genesis sales declined by over 51% last year despite the Genesis G70 hitting the market and the praise it has been receiving left and right. Genesis needs an SUV in a very bad way.
A slight decrease in sales at Porsche (-2.30%) is also surprising although it wasn’t as bad as Jaguar’s 24.15% decrease in vehicles sold. Acura and Cadillac on the other hand both saw modest 2.80% and 8.55% increase in sales respectively. Land Rover and Volvo both continued their upward trend with 16.19% and 23.97% gains in vehicles sold.