BMW is happy to report it has obtained the luxury sales crown for 2015 in the US.

BMW is happy to report it has obtained the luxury sales crown for 2015 in the US.

It’s the company’s fourth crown in the last five years, but in the end it was actually a pretty fierce battle. BMW finished 2015 with 346,023 units sold in the US, followed closely by Lexus with 344,601 cars. Thanks to a very strong December, Toyota’s premium marque managed to overtake Mercedes that came in third with 343,088 vehicles.

Getting back to BMW, the company sold 1.8 percent more cars in 2015 than it did a year before, even though December sales decreased significantly by 17% to 34,625 units. Despite this major setback last month, BMW secured its fourth luxury sales crown after winning it in 2011, 2012, and 2014.

As for Lexus, December was the firm's best month ever in the US after deliveries went up by 3.8% to 41,380 units. Overall, Lexus shifted 11% more cars last year than it did in 2014.

Mercedes had a rather difficult end of the year taking into account November sales dropped by 13%, while in December deliveries rose by only 0.6% to 34,203 cars. Overall, 2015 was not a bad year for the Daimler-owned marque as sales rose by 1.8%.

Audi surpassed 200,000 units for the first time in the US by ending the year with 202,202 vehicles delivered and this was a 11.1% increase compared to 2014. December was Audi's 60th consecutive month of record sales after achieving a 6% increase to 20,399 units.

It was a disappointing year for Jaguar since sales dropped by 8.3%, but JLR is at least happy Land Rover posted a massive 37% sales hike. This means Jaguar Land Rover obtained a combined sales growth of 26% to 85,048 units.

Looking at the other luxury players in the US, Cadillac delivered 175,267 cars last year and this represents a decent 2.6% increase. As for Infiniti, overall it managed a 14% jump, helped by a strong December when it made 26% new buyers compared to the same month of 2014. We should also mention Porsche and its 10% hike to 51,756 cars.

Overall, 2015 was a great year for the luxury segment in the US after a 7.7% jump to 2.03 million. It was actually the first time ever when more than two million people bought a car from the premium segment.

Gallery: BMW grabs US luxury sales crown for 2015