Sporty Car Sales In Canada - March 2014 YTD

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
Ford Canada sold fewer Mustangs in March 2014 than in March 2013, a not unexpected event given the car's forthcoming replacement, but the Mustang still easily outsold its two most direct rivals.

Canada sports car sales chart March 2014
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Camaro sales doubled, year-over-year, but only from a dreadfully low-volume March in 2013. Last month, Camaro sales were down 15% compared with March 2012. The Dodge Challenger is slightly less popular this year than last year, and together with the Camaro's rise, is not the number two seller in the category as it was at this time last year.

Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 51 SLK roadsters in March, which represents a three-unit year-over-year decline. The SLK managed, nevertheless, to outsell the Audi TT, BMW Z4, Jaguar F-Type, and Porsche's combined Boxster/Cayman efforts. And the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Mazda is planning on replacing the MX-5 soon, but the New York Auto Show isn't the venue for its debut. Mazda instead showed the new MX-5's underpinnings and a 25th anniversary edition of the current third-gen Miata. We're long past the point at which the world's most popular roadster needed to be replaced: Canadian MX-5 sales in 2013 were down 69% compared with the 1814 sold in 2007, a year in which Mazda also sold 659 copies of the RX-8.

Large Luxury SUV Sales In Canada - March 2014 YTD

2015 Infiniti QX80
There were more than eight times as many Mercedes-Benz GLs sold in Canada in March as there were Cadillac Escalades.

Canada large luxury suv sales chart March 2014
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The Escalade is in a transition phase, and Cadillac's losing the truck portion of the Escalade trio. But the GL's favourable sales comparisons don't stop with the Escalade. 

The GL outsold the Escalade, Infiniti QX80 (updates for 2015 pictured above), Lexus LX570, Lincoln Navigator, and Land Rover Range Rover combined in March.

There's something the GL has going for it, and it's not just the surprisingly (and relatively) affordable pricing scheme. While the Escalade and Navigator come in two different lengths and with one engine and the QX80 is basically a one-shot deal; while the Range Rover is either crazy expensive or even crazier and the Lexus LX is built Lexus's way, the GL is flexible in one key area: under the hood. 

You can have the GL with three different V8 engines, including an AMG variant, and one six-cylinder diesel engine. Mercedes-Benz Canada says 78% of their SUV buyers who can choose a diesel do so. If that figure holds for the GL nameplate specifically, that means around 184 GL350 Bluetecs were sold in Canada in March. 

Large Luxury Car Sales In Canada - March 2014 YTD

2015 Mercedes-Benz S600
Sales of the Audi A8 and Porsche Panamera more than doubled in Canada during the month of March 2014. BMW's 6-Series and 7-Series both posted meaningful improvements, as well. The Jaguar XJ and Lexus LS, for a change, did not record year-over-year declines.

Canada luxury auto sales chart March 2014
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But it was the Mercedes-Benz S-Class that set the sales standard in Canada. With 101 sales, the S-Class was more than four times as popular as the A8, nearly three times more popular than the 7-Series, more than twice as popular as the Panamera, and more than six times more popular than the Lexus LS.

Less costly rivals from less prestigious automakers don't come remotely close to selling as often as the S-Class. (We display a trio of these big cars with more similarly-priced midsize luxury cars.) Kia sold its first three K900s in March 2014. Hyundai Equus sales were level at seven. Cadillac XTS volume was down 42% to 49.