September 2012 Top 30 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada


2012 Cadillac CTS

As recently as March, the Cadillac CTS was Canada’s 11th-best-selling luxury vehicle. The CTS has fallen over the course of the last five monthly premium reports, but September’s 34% year-over-year drop saw the CTS fall all the way to the 30th spot. As of September 30, 2012, GM Canada hadn’t yet sold an ATS. General Motors started the ATS out with 611 U.S. sales last month.

Apart from movement in the ranks, only one car was booted off the list since last month’s edition, the Lexus CT200h. In its place sits the 28th-ranked Infiniti EX. Year-over-year, CT sales slid 13% to 117 units.

Not only did the BMW 3-Series retake its normal place at the top of the luxury car leaderboard in September, the 3-Series’ victory was so substantial that the year-to-date lead seems fairly secure, as well. Sales of BMW’s core sports sedan (and coupe, and wagon, and convertible) jumped 51% compared with September of last year.

Canada Luxury auto brand market share chart September 2012
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This September bump was enough to drop the Mercedes-Benz C-Class to second spot. Because of the new 328i xDrive Classic, all-wheel-drive 3-Series sedans now start at $39,990, only 3.9% more than the 328i xDrive costs in the United States. The C300 4Matic’s base price also happens to be $39,990, only 2.7% more than the C300 4Matic costs in the U.S.

You can use the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home to find monthly and yearly sales figures for more than 280 different vehicles. Canada’s 30 best-selling vehicles were ranked earlier this morning. The table below ranks luxury vehicles by September 2012 volume. Read the text below to better understand rules regarding qualification.

Rank
Luxury Vehicle
September 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series
1487 + 51.0% 8384 – 5.3%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
773 – 15.4% 8098 + 20.4%
#3
Lexus RX
711 + 14.1% 5318 + 9.5%
#4
Audi A4
600 + 5.6% 4647 + 6.2%
#5
BMW X3
569 + 60.7% 3593 + 7.5%
#6
Audi Q5
504 + 15.6% 4276 + 20.3%
#7
BMW X5
486 + 1.0% 2940 – 1.7%
#8
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
466 + 112% 4268 + 97.0%
#9
Mercedes-Benz GLK
457 + 16.0% 3839 – 5.0%
#10
Lexus ES
457 + 166% 1667 + 13.8%
#11
Acura RDX
437 + 66.2% 3455 + 71.0%
#12
Acura MDX
427 – 41.7% 3790 – 10.3%
#13
Mercedes-Benz
E-Class & CLS-Class
370 + 10.1% 3261 + 14.4%
#14
Lincoln MKX
360 – 19.3% 3061 – 4.8%
#15
Acura ILX
323 —– 1087 —–
#16
BMW 5-Series
263 + 15.4% 2138 + 3.9%
#17
BMW X1
243 – 50.0% 4197 + 110%
#18
Infiniti G
228 – 36.3% 2514 – 9.0%
#19
Cadillac SRX
223 – 13.2% 2167 – 11.4%
#20
Porsche Cayenne
219 + 136% 1170 + 20.0%
#21
Infiniti JX35
202 —– 1594 —–
#22
Volkswagen Touareg
194 + 109% 1423 + 16.4%
#23
Acura TL
187 – 52.1% 2479 + 22.6%
#24
Audi A5
184 + 25.2% 1589 – 3.2%
#25
Volvo XC60
161 + 62.6% 1506 + 8.0%
#26
Lexus IS
160 – 31.6% 1516 – 13.1%
#27
Mercedes-Benz
GL-Class & G-Class
157 – 33.2% 1376 + 16.0%
#28
Infiniti EX
149 – 15.8% 992 – 13.4%
#29
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
145 + 12.4% 1224 + 15.4%
#30
Cadillac CTS
140 – 34.0% 1822 – 27.4%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales 
GCBC qualifies all vehicles from Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Acura, Cadillac, Audi, Infiniti, Lincoln, Volvo, Land Rover, Porsche, and Jaguar while also making exceptions for overtly premium cars like the Chevrolet Corvette, Nissan GT-R, Volkswagen Touareg, Hyundai Equus, and (reluctantly) Hyundai Genesis. Buick’s lack of anything truly high-end hinders its value-priced vehicles from qualifying as premium, despite the image Buick held in a previous era. Yes, this means the B-Class is eligible because of the S-Class; the A3 because of the R8, to an extent. Unfortunately the lack of data separating vehicle trim lines from one another (F-150 XL vs F-150 Platinum, for example) means vehicles like the GMC Yukon Denali and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 aren’t included. None of this should lead you to believe the Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon and Buick Enclave aren’t luxurious, particularly as they’re viable competitors for true premium players.

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