Once again, Cadillac is the sales leader in the realm of "true" luxury cars and light trucks. The General Motors flagship topped Lexus by 5,047 deliveries in outpacing all challengers during the first six months of this year.
Cadillac also was the winner for full-year 2003, but it was no better than fourth in the first six months of 2003. BMW was the winner that time.
In this compilation, true luxury means vehicles with a sticker price of $42,000 or more, including destination and popular options.
Why $42,000? The late federal luxury tax on vehicles had a kick-in price of $40,000. That tax died at the end of 2002, but car prices have continued to rise. Ergo, $42,000.
Although Cadillac is the leader in true luxury, it does not top the luxury segment in the United States. The winner there is Lexus.