America's 15 Best-Selling European SUVs And Crossovers - September 2014 YTD

For a change, we thought today we would profile a more specific sub-set of the American new vehicle marketplace. The vast majority of European brand SUV/crossover nameplates weren't even available or thought of little more than a decade ago, yet now they form an integral part of their respective automakers' lineups.

Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In America - September 2014
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America - September 2014

These are the 15 best-selling European brand SUVs and crossovers in the United States through the first nine months of 2014, led most interestingly by two of the more established nameplates. The BMW X5 went on sale in the United States for the 2000 model year; the Mercedes-Benz ML two years earlier. Click here to see all SUVs and crossovers ranked by year-to-date U.S. volume.

Best-Selling European
Auto Brand SUV/Crossover
2014 YTD
2013 YTD

Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Audi Q5
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
Volkswagen Tiguan
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Mini Countryman
Volvo XC60
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Audi Q7
Porsche Cayenne
Land Rover Range Rover
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Source: Automakers & ANDC

Small And Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In Canada - September 2014 YTD

2015 Porsche Macan S 2014 Audi SQ5
Mercedes-Benz Canada sold the company's first 184 GLA-Class crossovers in September 2014, a complement to the 247 BMW X1s sold and the 328 Audi Q3s.

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - September 2014 YTD
• Canada SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - September 2014 YTD

Canada luxury SUV sales chart September 2014
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Up a notch in size, Mercedes-Benz sold 649 GLKs, BMW sold 434 X3s and 100 X4s, and Audi sold 791 copies of the best-selling premium brand utility vehicle in Canada, the Q5. 

GCBC's review of the SQ5 will be published soon, as the car's week-long visit came to an end when Porsche Canada's Macan S was delivered to GCBC Towers for the third week of October.

September 2014 sales of these smallest luxury brand crossovers clearly increased dramatically as the X1 improved and was joined by two new nameplates. The larger (but still relatively small) cast of characters led by the Q5 posted 36% gains, or 20% if the newest players (Lincoln MKC and Porsche Macan) are excluded. 

Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In Canada - September 2014 YTD

2014 BMW M3 sedan
BMW Canada's September 2014 marked the best sales month for the 4-Series since the model range switched over from the 3-Series ledger to the 4er in October of last year. 

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - September 2014 YTD
• Canada Car Sales Rankings By Model - September 2014 YTD

Canada luxury car sales chart September 2014
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Combined sales of the 3er and 4er, which operated solely under the 3-Series banner at this time last year, rose 3.4% to 1415 units in September 2014, 77% of BMW car volume and 42% of total BMW volume last month.

Competitors are certainly coming at the 3-Series from all corners lately. Audi sold 393 copies of their entry-level A3 sedan in September. Though the A4 is the more direct 3-Series rival, the base price of the 2.0L turbocharged A3, $35,900, places the A3 2.0T in direct line with the basic 320i, a $39,990 car. 

Mercedes-Benz has also sold more than 300 CLA-Class sedans in each of the last six months, having averaged 179 CLA sales per month in the preceding seven months. And now, the new C-Class is arriving to take the three-pointed-star fight more directly to the 3-Series. Sales of the Lexus IS are up 85% in 2014.