Top 20 Worst-Selling Vehicles In Canada - September 2015

2015 Buick LaCrosse
Not unpredictably, Canada's list of the 20 most rapidly declining vehicles in September 2015 is mostly filled with discontinued models and vehicles that are about to be replaced. This only serves to highlight the disappointments of vehicles which should now be active members of the marketplace.

The Buick LaCrosse, for instance, tumbled 73% in September 2015 and is down 32% through the first three quarters of 2015. The Lexus LS, always unpopular in Canada, lost 71% of its September 2014 volume in September 2015. 

Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada - September 2015

2016 Lincoln MKX
Five of the seven best-selling premium brand vehicles in Canada in September 2015 were utility vehicles. 

While the top seller continues to be a car – in September it was the BMW 3-Series; year-to-date it's the Mercedes-Benz C-Class – the emphasis luxury auto brands are placing on SUVs and crossovers is increasingly evident.

BMW X5 volume increased by 358 units, year-over-year, in September 2015 as BMW Canada lost 138 3-Series sales, 27 4-Series sales, and 67 5-Series sales. 

Small And Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In America - September 2015 YTD

2015 BMW X6
48% of the vehicles sold by premium auto brands in America in September 2015 were SUVs and crossovers, up five percentage points compared with September 2014.

Led by the Lexus RX, Cadillac SRX, and Audi Q5, premium SUV/CUV volume jumped 28% in September, an increase of nearly 18,000 sales over the course of just one sterling month.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - September 2015 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - September 2015 YTD
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For the RX, the volume remained high even as Lexus enters a replacement phase. The fourth-gen RX goes on sale in the latter quarter of this year. 

At Cadillac, the SRX enjoyed its second-highest sales output in the last 45 months – only August of this year was better. 

At Audi, the Q5 shot to 5149 units, the highest level ever for the most popular Audi in America.

Auto News For Friday, October 9, 2015 - Volkswagen Of America CEO Testifies Before Congress

Michael Horn Golf GTI
Here are the five must-read, must-watch auto news stories, recalls and videos for Friday, October 9, 2015.

Essentially, Michael Horn’s testimony at Congress yesterday laid the blame for Volkswagen’s scandal at the feet of a few rogue employees, not the overall Volkswagen executive branch. Horn is the CEO of Volkswagen’s U.S. subsidiary.

Beginning last Saturday, Volkswagen was already cutting shifts at its massive facility in Puebla, Mexico, not far from Mexico City. It could get worse.

Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In America - September 2015 YTD

2014 Lexus IS grey
It was mostly just the best of times. 

But for a surprisingly large number of luxury cars, September 2015 continued to be the worst of times.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - September 2015 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - September 2015 YTD

U.S. new vehicle sales surged 16% in September 2015, equalling an addition of nearly 200,000 extra new vehicle sales compared with September 2014. Even car sales, flat or in decline for much of 2015, improved by more than 6% last month.

But in the luxury car sector, where SUVs and crossovers are so frequently stealing the limelight, many cars struggled in September. The aging Audi A4 and A5 slid 17% and 21%, respectively.