General Motors' premium Cadillac brand has made no bones about its aspirations to become one of the top brands in the luxury sector, and a new brand satisfaction survey is the latest in a list of awards confirming it's headed in the right direction. Capturing the ranking of top brand in the U.S. market, the CTS and DTS also won individual awards for their segments.

Beating out the likes of Mercedes, Lexus and BMW is no small feat, especially since two of those three also had class winners in the survey. The Cadillac CTS took home the award for top 'Aspirational luxury car', while the DTS got the nod for the best large luxury car. Mercedes-Benz's S-Class won the premium luxury award, while Lexus nabbed the top luxury mid-size spot.

Cadillac's top brand ranking lead the charge for GM, which took 11 of the 28 available top spots, thanks largely to its success in the SUV and light truck categories. Toyota trailed in second with 9 top picks, while Ford, VW, Honda and Hyundai picked up the rest. Another notable from GM includes the Saturn Sky, which took the top sports car award.

The rankings were released by AutoPacific, which performs the survey each year based on input from owners of the cars and trucks that fit within its 28 categories.