The most popular luxury cars in the country

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

In this post, we’ll explore the data on luxury car sales, finding which markets are the largest in the world and the most popular manufacturers. The forecast suggests that manufacturers will sell approximately 2.42 million luxury automobiles in 2020. This number is the second largest in the world, second only to China, which is expected to sell 3.1 million premium vehicles. Germany comes in third with an expected sales volume of 1.11 million premium automobiles.

According to information published by, the most popular luxury car in the United States in 2016 is made in Germany — Mercedes-Benz topped the list with a 16.4 percent market share. As you can see on the graph below, Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus came in a close second with a 16 percent market share. BMW, one of the leading luxury car brands worldwide, held more than 15 percent of the U.S. luxury automobile market share. Guess who came in fourth place? It’s German again! Audi’s market share amounted to 10.1 percent of the American luxury car market, while GM’s Cadillac brand took 8.2 percent of the market in 2016.

Honda’s brand Acura, which enjoys relative popularity in the U.S., had a luxury car market share of 7.8 percent. The overall market shares of Nissan’s Infiniti and Ford’s Lincoln amounted to 6.7 percent and 5.4 percent accordingly.


Our next chart represents the year-over-year growth rates of U.S. luxury car sales by vehicle type as of January 2017. As you can see, the sales of subcompact luxury SUVs increased by 13.9 percent in January 2017 (compared to the same period last year). The sales of large luxury SUVs grew by 19.6 percent, while the largest growth was seen in the sales of compact luxury SUVs — 23.3 percent!


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About Pavel Prikhodko

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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