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Back to the rich.
Range Rover? Tick.
Makes-you-feel-better-about-being-filthy rich-Toyota Prius? Tick.
American brands? Say what?
I know you’ve always wondered what all those rich people were buying all this time because clearly, when you drove along Beverly Hills there weren’t many ‘Ford F-Series and Honda Civic’ around…
Wonder no more, it’s all here for you.
May I present the Top 5 best-sellers in the 10 wealthiest Zip codes in the USA (based on 2011 sales data).
Out of these 10 cities, 5 prefer a Mercedes with the E-Class coming up #1 in 4 cities and ranking within the Top 5 in no less than 8 cities….
The Toyota Prius ranks #1 in two cities (both in California) while the Mercedes S-Class, Jeep Wrangler, Range Rover Sport and VW Jetta each rank #1 in one city.
Note only two American cars appear in these 10 Top 5: the Jeep Grand Cherokee at #3 in 3 cities and the Jeep Wrangler at #1 in one.
The wealthiest city (or zip code) in the USA is Manhattan, New York. Interestingly the best-sellers in Manhattan are not that exclusive: the Mercedes E-Class is king of the island’s crowded streets ahead of the BMW X5 and Honda Accord with the Honda CR-V coming in at #5.
Fisher Island, a neighborhood of metropolitan Miami, Florida that is only accessible via private boat or ferry and whose notable residents include Andre Agassi, Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey, comes second with an average income of $1.5 million. Not a single car less than $50,000 manages to rank within the Top 5 best-sellers, with the $95,465 Mercedes S-Class leading the way ahead of the Mercedes E-Class, Range Rover Sport, BMW X5 and Porsche Panamera.
The third wealthiest zip code in the US is Downtown Chicago, Illinois, with humble tastes in automobiles: affordable, practical vehicles you would expect to see in every middle-class suburb are what you will find on the pricey urban streets of Chicago. No cars above $30,000 ranks within the Top 5, with the VW Jetta leader followed by the Honda CR-V and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The quaint wood-filled city of Atherton, California is nestled quietly between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean and is the 4th wealthiest zip code in the country. Silicon Valley tycoons, star athletes and politicians are among the city’s residents, and the only car under $50,000 ranking within the Top 5 is the Toyota Prius at #2, with the Porsche Panamera making an astounding appearance at #3…
Century City in California follows with an average income of $751,000. Situated east of Santa Monica and west of Beverly Hills, Century City is not exactly Hollywood, but it’s where a lot of Hollywood does business. Headquarters of the famous Creative Artists Agency (CAA), MGM, and 20th Century Fox are located here and the residents are very fond of the Toyota Prius, with the Mercedes E-Class also very popular.
New Vernon in New Jersey comes up 6th with the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 328 and Jeep Grand Cherokee most popular.
Greenwich, Connecticut is the home of Mel Gibson and Tommy Hilfiger and the only city among the Top 10 wealthiest to crown an American car: the Jeep Wrangler, with the Jeep Grand Cherokee coming in at #3.
Only Mercedes owners are allowed in Palm Beach, Florida: the Top 3 best-sellers there are the E-Class, S-Class and C-Class…
In Medina, Washington, a town where the majority of households is comprised of families, the Range Rover Sport reigns supreme, ahead of the Toyota Sienna, Lexus RX and Honda Odyssey.
Finally in Ross, California, the Toyota Prius leads ahead of the Mercedes E-Class
Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.