Where US Manufacturers Stack Up in US Luxury Automobile Market

By: | March 8th, 2017

Mercedes Benz - luxury automobile

Mercedes Benz – luxury automobile(Image Courtesy www.bmw.com)

According to Michael A. Cusumano, a business historian, Japanese process flexibility, productivity, and quality have exceeded that of US manufacturers for over four decades.

This news may come as a surprise, even a shock, to US citizens as well as to US manufacturers who tend to exist in insulated companies and worlds. In fact, the Japanese have achieved the highest levels of manufacturing efficiency in the world’s automobile business. Not only have the Japanese built better cars, they’ve also built them faster and more efficiently.

Manufacturing Luxury & Super Luxury Cars

Today, the ultimate sign of success in the auto market is to build luxury and super luxury automobiles and sports cars which make up about 17% of the auto market worldwide and about 10% of the US market.

Today, according to Cornell University researchers, the US automobile industry continues in a relatively weak position, with the exception of Cadillac (GM) vis-à-vis other luxury car manufacturers.

Luxury Car Market Share

Luxury Car Market Share (Image Courtesy Cornell University https://faculty.cit.cornell.edu/jl2545/4160/submitted%20presentations/Luxury%20Automobile%20Industry_vFinal.pptx)

The top US manufactured luxury cars according to Autobytel are:

  • 2016 Cadillac XTS
  • 2016 Buick Regal GS
  • 2016 Lincoln MKS
  • 2016 Chrysler 300
  • 2016 Cadillac CTS-V
  • 2016 Buick LaCrosse
  • 2016 Lincoln MKZ
  • 2016 Tesla Model S

The best global luxury cars, in reverse order, include:

  • Audi A3
  • Lexus IS
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • BMW 4 Series
  • Acura TLX
  • Infinity Q50
  • BMW 5 Series
  • Lexus ES
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Mercedes Benz C-Class

The following video from the Wall Street Journal shows the top 5 luxury automobiles purchased in the US. Tesla seems to be popular among the rich in the US, but foreign cars still dominate.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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