The top selling luxury cars April 2011 are a mixed bag. Five are German brands, four are Japanese, and there’s only one domestic (Cadillac) in the top 10. Also of note, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Acura each have two in the top 10 (Mercedes-Benz captures two of the top five spots.

Here are the five top selling luxury cars April 2011 with a bit of detail. Numbers six through 10 are listed at the end.

1. 2011 BMW 3-Series – In April, luxury automaker BMW outsold Mercedes-Benz for total product line sales to shoot into the number one spot among luxury

carmakers. Although BMW’s lineup is led by its traditional best seller, the 2011 BMW 3-Series, April sales of 7,452 units are down 14.5 percent from March 2010. Year-to-date sales through April totaled 26,590, a decrease of 12.4 percent from year ago levels. Car and Driver remarks, “As evidenced by its perennial 10Best status, we haven’t recently met a 3-series we didn’t enjoy. The sedan offers a choice of four engine options sure to please anyone, wrapping each in a handsome and comfortable package atop a perfectly tuned chassis. Go for the M3, thank us later.”

2. 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-ClassTwo of Mercedes-Benz lines – the company’s best-sellers for the month – land the German automaker in spots two and three of top selling luxury cars, April 2011. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sold 5,342 units in April, while year-to-date sales of 20,411 are up 17.0 percent year-over-year. The addition of new diesel, convertible and station wagon models contribute to the increase. Consumer Guide, which gives the E-Class a Best Buy accolade, remarks, “Our nod goes to the E-Class

sedan. It’s comfortable, quiet, and as luxurious as you would expect a Mercedes-Benz to be. Though base prices look attractive, costly option packages quickly inflate the bottom line.”

3. 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-ClassThe entry-level luxury 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, with April sales of 5,232, is nipping on the heels of the E-Class, and comes in at number three spot in the top five best luxury car sellers for the month. Year-to-date sales of 20,425, up 8.0 percent year-over-year, are actually ahead of E-Class. Motor Trend observes, “Considering that the closest competitors are the Audi A4 (wagon and sedan) and the BMW 3 Series (coupe, sedan and wagon), this appears to be the least varied line in its class, and compared with the 3 Series, skews more toward comfort than handling.”

4. 2011 Cadillac CTSThe only domestic brand in the top 10, the 2011 Cadillac CTS entry-level luxury car, sold 4,220 units during the month, continuing its

spectacular rise since the redesign of the model for the 2008 model year. Available in sedan, coupe and wagon as well as high-performance CTS-V variants, the 2011 Cadillac CTS boasts year-to-date sales of 18,519, an increase of 62.4 percent year-over-year. Edmunds says, “The 2011 Cadillac CTS remains a top choice for an American-made luxury sedan, but it trails behind import brand rivals in some key areas.”

5. 2011 Infiniti G – With its strong performance, the 2011 Infiniti G coupe and sedan is still refined enough for comfortable and luxurious comfort as a daily driver. Sales in April of 3,855 and year-to-date total of 24,535 bear that out. Consumer Guide comments, “Infiniti’s G sedan offers performance, refinement and available all-wheel drive, making it a Best Buy in this highly competitive class. Pricing that undercuts most rivals is an added bonus.”

Rounding out the last five spots of top selling luxury cars – April 2011 are: 2011 BMW 5-Series (3,668), 2011 Lexus ES (3,493), 2011 Audi A4 (3,328), 2011 Acura TSX (3,105), and 2011 Acura TL (2,887).

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