One of the more interesting sub-plots in this year's new-car sales story is how well individual luxury brands are doing.
Last year, Lexus nosed out BMW to be the best-selling luxury brand in America. For the first half of this year, BMW was ahead by 1,312 units.
But a sales analysis by Jack Teahen of Automotive News shows that if you count just actual luxury vehicles, that is, vehicles with a sticker price of more than $42,000, BMW leads by a wide margin.
When you factor out the entry-level models and just count pure luxury, Lincoln finishes second, Mercedes is third, Cadillac is fourth and Lexus is fifth.
Jack Teahen's analysis shows that only slightly more than half of the cars and trucks sold by Lexus are really luxury vehicles.