Watching the shifting of players in the luxury car segment all throughout 2011 has proven one thing: Consumers are still interested in buying the best selling luxury cars in 2011. But one thing hasn’t changed, and that’s the fact that BMW and Mercedes-Benz continue to occupy the top three spots.

Here’s the full rundown on the best selling luxury cars in 2011:

1. BMW 3-Series – While the BMW 3-Series was in second place for the month of November, it still led in total sales for the calendar year. With December sales of 8,389 units and full-year sales of 94,371, the BMW 3-Series finished the year in solid first place of best selling luxury cars in 2011. The 2011 calendar year sales total was off 6.5 percent compared with the same period in 2010.

2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – There’s no question that the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class entry-level luxury sedan is causing consumers to gravitate toward the brand in a big way. Sales of 7,744 units in December, however, weren’t enough to dislodge the BMW 3-Series from the top sales spot. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class ended the 2011 calendar year with a sales total of 69,314, up 17.9 percent year-over-year.

3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class – It was in third place for the last two months of the year, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class winds up in overall third place for the full calendar year as well. December sales of the E-Class were 5,301, while full-year sales totaled 62,736. That’s an increase of 3.0 percent over year-ago levels.

4. Buick LaCrosse – In sixth place for the last couple of months, the Buick LaCrosse finishes the year in solid fourth place, courtesy of January through December sales of 58,474 units. That figure is off 4.4 percent compared with the same period in 2010. For the month of December, the Buick LaCrosse reported sales of 5,360 units.

5. Infiniti G – In the number five sales spot in November, the Infiniti G coupe and sedan manage to close out 2011 in fifth place among the best selling luxury cars in 2011. During December, the Infiniti G sedan sold 5,399 units while the coupe sales totaled 1,132. Together, the sedan and couple accounted for 6,531 sales. For the full calendar year, the sedan sold 43,759 units, up 5.1 percent year-over-year. The coupe, meanwhile, had 2011 sales of 14,487, off 12 percent over year ago levels. Together, the sedan and coupe sold 58,246 units in the 2011 calendar year.

6. Cadillac CTSWith its strong lineup of coupe, sedan and wagon and CTS-V variants, the Cadillac CTS closes out 2011 with sales of 55,042, up 20.6 percent compared with the same period in 2010. For the month of December, the Cadillac CTS sold a total of 5,420 units.

7. BMW 5-Series – The second BMW luxury car in the top ten list of best selling luxury cars in 2011, the BMW 5-Series closed out 2011 in solid seventh position, courtesy of full-year sales totaling 51,491, up 30.4 percent over year-ago levels. In December, the 5-Series sold 4,887 units.

8. Lexus ES – The entry-level Lexus ES compact luxury car closes out 2011 in eighth place with full-year sales of 40,873. Sales in December totaled 4,882 units.

9. Audi A4 – With full-year sales of 35,234 units, up 1.6 percent over year-ago levels, the Audi A4 secures the number nine spot of best selling cars in 2011. December sales of the A4 were 3,722 units.

10. Hyundai Genesis – It’s the 10th-place finish for the Hyundai Genesis luxury coupe and sedan, with full-year sales of 32,998 units. For the month of December, the Hyundai Genesis sold 2,470 units.

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