Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada - August 2016

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe white
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class strengthened its hold as the best-selling premium brand vehicle in Canada in August 2016, expanding its year-to-date lead over the next-best-selling premium brand vehicle to 1046 units thanks to a 9% year-over-year August improvement.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD


The second-ranked luxury automobile through 2016's first eight months?

Also a Mercedes-Benz.

Canadian sales of the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, formerly known as the M-Class, are up by a third this year. In August, the GLE ranked sixth among premium brand autos. But the GLE remains ahead of other premium utility vehicles, albeit by small margins.

Sporty Car Sales In Canada - August 2016 YTD

2016 Acura NSX white
Canadian sales of all three Detroit muscle coupes posted meaningful Canadian sales increases in August 2016, with the best-selling Ford Mustang's 33% uptick the most significant.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD
Canada Car Sales Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD


Ford Canada added 172 Mustang sales in August, driving the total to 692 sales; 233 sales more than the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger combined, and that was in an improving month for the Camaro and Challenger.

Small And Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In Canada - August 2016 YTD

2016 Audi SQ5
More than their American counterparts, Canadians are buying more small luxury crossovers in large numbers.

Per capita.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD


New vehicle sales are roughly nine times stronger in the U.S. than in Canada, yet sales of the nascent three-vehicle four-vehicle category, now including the Mercedes-Benz GLA-related Infiniti QX30, are less than five times stronger in the U.S. than in Canada.

Large Luxury SUV Sales In Canada - August 2016 YTD

2017 Bentley Bentayga blue
Canadian sales of full-size flagship luxury SUVs exploded with a 57% year-over-year increase in August 2016, propelled along by huge gains from the two top-selling big luxury SUVs.

Total Cadillac Escalade volume jumped 58%, a gain of 86 units, while Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class/GL-Class volume nearly doubled to 229 units.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD


In the meantime, Bentley began selling the Bentayga – it attracted nearly as many buyers in its first month on the market as the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Infiniti QX80 sales improved by 12 units, Lexus LX570 sales nearly quintupled, and Lincoln Navigator volume increased by 20 units.

Small SUV Sales In Canada - August 2016 YTD

2017 Toyota C-HR
After surging 71% through the first-half of 2016, Canadian sales of subcompact crossover sales crumbled in July 2016 and August 2016, yet more proof that this nascent category can't compete on value terms with their slightly larger brethren.

Canadians registered 5483 subcompact crossovers by way of 10 nameplates and eight automakers in August. Canadians also registered 5074 Ford Escapes, a 14% year-over-year increase for August's top-selling utility vehicle.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD


We're not suggesting that there's no more room to grow for subcompact crossovers. Much of the growth in the first-half of 2016 was attributed to vehicles that weren't on sale in the first-half of 2015. More new candidates, particularly a Toyota, could instigate further increases.

Midsize SUV Sales In Canada - August 2016 YTD

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe XL
Canadian sales of the Hyundai Santa Fe XL increased for a sixth consecutive month in August 2016. Year-to-date, Hyundai has sold 6083 Santa Fe XLs and is on track for 9000 in calendar year 2016. 

In the entire run of its predecessor, fewer than 10,000 copies of the Hyundai Veracruz were sold. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD


The Santa Fe XL is by no means the only surging three-row family crossover. Dodge Durango sales are up 66% this year – August was the Durango's fifth month this year above 500 units. At the current rate, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will report more than 6000 Dodge Durango sales in 2016 for the first time since 2004. 

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited Review - What, Did You Think A $62,340 Minivan Wouldn't Be Disarmingly Pleasant?

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited Billet Silver
No vehicle meets the needs of a growing family more efficiently than a minivan. Affordable to purchase, relatively economical at the fuel pump, laden with features, and slathered with seats, the modern minivan may not be the most desirable mode of transport, but in all objective terms, it's the best.

THE GOOD
+ Best-in-class ride/handling

+ Luxurious interior
+ A quiet minivan 
+ Plenty of power
+ Best-looking minivan ever?
THE BAD
– Inconsistent 9-speed auto
– Stow'N'Go seats lack comfort
– Raucous 3.6L V6 engine
– Quality concerns
– Hilariously expensive
For the purposes of this 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited review, we'll have to scratch the affordable tag from the list.

FCA's new minivan strategy positions the Chrysler Pacifica way upmarket. 

The press fleet test van FCA sent to GCBC Towers was a fully-loaded Limited trim, but even the "base" $45,890 Pacifica is a Touring-L with leather seating, tri-zone automatic climate control, and leather seating. 

Tack on another $16,450, the price of a decently equipped leftover Chrysler 200 midsize sedan, to reach the lofty perch of this heavily optioned Limited. 

There's nothing comparable in terms of price and equipment in the Pacifica's class.

Fortunately for Chrysler, no minivan is comparable when it comes to ride, handling, acceleration, driver comfort, or style, either.

Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In Canada - August 2016 YTD

2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country white
Canadian car sales are falling. 

Canadian luxury car sales? Also falling. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD
Canada Car Sales Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD


A perennial favourite from BMW, the 3-Series, is down 27% this year, a loss of 1678 sales, after a 25% August 2016 tumble.

Despite rising sales of late, Mercedes-Benz C-Class sales are down by a tenth this year, but the C-Class is still Canada's top-selling premium brand car through two-thirds of 2016.