Small And Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In Canada - February 2017

2017 Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Package
With premium brands earning an inordinate percentage of Canadian auto industry market share in the early part of 2017, it's no surprise to see luxury SUVs and crossovers earning an especially healthy part of that growth.

Subcompact luxury utility vehicles jumped 29% through the first two months of 2017, led by double-digit percentage increases from the BMW X1 and top-selling Mercedes-Benz GLA. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - February 2017 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - February 2017 YTD


Up a notch in size and price, compact luxury utility vehicles jumped 25%, year-over-year, propelled by surges from the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Porsche Macan. Collectively, compact premium utility vehicles are up by nearly 1300 units this year.

Large Luxury SUV Sales In Canada - February 2017

2017 Infiniti QX80 blue
Canadian sales of full-size flagship luxury SUVs jumped 24% in February 2017 on the strength of the Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX570, and top-selling Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - February 2017 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - February 2017 YTD


Sales of the class-leading Mercedes-Benz jumped above 200 units for the fourth time in six months, surging 73%, year-over-year, after failing to match January 2016's pace at the start of this year.

Small SUV Sales In Canada - February 2017

2017 Honda CR-V red front
Canadian sales of compact SUVs/crossovers jumped 15% in the first one-sixth of 2017, led by huge double-digit gains from the Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge Journey, GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander, and the Nissan Rogue. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - February 2017 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - February 2017 YTD


The Honda CR-V, Canada's top-selling utility vehicle in the first two months of 2017, has already produced more than 6000 sales in 2017. The CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4 are all on track for record sales years.

Midsize SUV Sales In Canada - February 2017

The majority of mainstream three-row crossovers posted meaningful Canadian sales gains in February 2017, with the class-leading Ford Explorer juping 41% and gains of ore than 30% reported by the Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Ford Flex, and Mazda CX-9.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - February 2017 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - February 2017 YTD


Down a semi-notch in size and price, the two-row Hyundai Santa Fe Sport tumbled 15% and Ford Edge sales slid 21%. Aside from January, when Santa Fe Sport sales dipped below 1000 units for the first time since December 2011, the 1222-unit performance from the Hyundai was its worst performance in the same time period. 

For the Ford Edge, attracting only 944 buyers in February represented a 14-month low.

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Sporty Car Sales In Canada - February 2017

2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R
Canadian sales of American muscle cars jumped 25% in February 2017 and are up 30% so far this year. 

While the same trio of cars – Chevrolet Camaro, better-selling Dodge Challenger, top-selling Ford Mustang – are down 22% in the United States through 2017's first two months, year-over-year, thanks to declines from each model, Canadian sales of each model are on the upswing.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - February 2017 YTD
Canada Car Sales By Model - February 2017 YTD


However, January and February are the weakest months on the auto sales calendar across the industry, and they are particularly weak months for rear-wheel-drive pony cars. Ford, for instance, generated only 7% of its annual Mustang sales in 2016 out of the first two months of the year; 48% of annual Mustang volume in Q2.

Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In Canada - February 2017

Canadian sales of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class jumped 75% to 1044 units in February 2017, enough for the C-Class to easily lead all premium brand vehicles and rank seventh among passenger cars overall.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - February 2017 YTD
Canada Car Sales By Model - February 2017 YTD


Through the first one-sixth of 2017, the C-Class is Canada's tenth-best-selling car. Sales of the C-Class have increased, year-over-year, in ten consecutive months even as Canadian sales of passenger cars continue to slide. 

Large Luxury Car Sales In Canada - February 2017

After a strong January, February 2017's sales of full-size luxury flagships declined 8%, sliding in large part because of a decline in sales of the top-selling Mercedes-Benz S-Class.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - February 2017 YTD
Canada Car Sales By Model - February 2017 YTD


S-Class volume slid 30%, a loss of 28 sales in a category that lost 18 sales. The BMW 7-Series, with 41 sales, tied the Jaguar XJ as the second-ranked models in the class. XJ sales slid to a four-year low in 2016, but if growth continues at this pace, more than 600 XJs will be sold in Canada in 2017.