After reading John K. Teahen Jr.'s Feb. 13 column on the true-luxury sales leadership in the United States, I have to wonder what makes $42,000 the cutoff for true luxury ("Cadillac leads true-luxury league"). It seems arbitrary and even carefully picked with the intention of making Cadillac the winner.
The results are very dependent on that single number. If you make that number smaller (say $36,000), Lexus wins (BMW would win if you exclude trucks). On the other hand, if you make it $50,000, then Mercedes is the winner. So the metric is not robust enough to produce a real winner.
One additional comment: If you take a more global perspective, both Cadillac and Lexus are way behind BMW, Mercedes and even Audi.
Editor's note: $42,000 is based on the $40,000 the federal government used as the threshold for the luxury tax on motor vehicles.