2012 Year End Top 30 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada


2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Red
Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport Posted An 11% Improvement In
2012 And Outsold The Range Rover Evoque By 381 Units
2013 Lexus CT200h Matador Red
The Lexus CT200h Outsold The
GS, HS, LFA, LS, & GX Combined

Having fought through some rough patches, the BMW 3-Series ended 2012 with slightly improved Canadian sales. Volume crept up by eight units, and the 3-Series finished the year 618 sales ahead of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. In the secondary battle, the one in which utility vehicles compete, Lexus’ RX ended 2012 nearly 1000 units ahead of the Audi Q5.

The ranking of the first three vehicles is identical to the order from last year’s top 30, but the Q5 moved up five spots to fourth place, ahead of Audi’s own A4. Whereas four of 2011’s ten best-selling luxury vehicles were in decline, only two of 2012’s ten best-selling luxury vehicles slid on a year-over-year basis. And sales of the seventh-ranked Mercedes-Benz GLK were down by just 15 units. The Acura MDX slid by only 92, even as the Acura RDX shot up by 1656 units. That was enough for the RDX to move up from 16th to 11th. 

All 262 Vehicles Ranked By 2012 Canadian Sales

The Infiniti EX, BMW 1-Series, Acura TSX, Acura CSX, and Mercedes-Benz B-Class were all members of the top 30 in 2011. Moving in to take their places were Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport, Lexus CT200h, $49,675 Volkswagen Touareg, Acura ILX, and the Infiniti JX35. The ILX, of course, is rather inexpensive for a premium vehicle, and it’s actually just a rename for the CSX’s successor.
Canada December 2012 luxury auto market share chart
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To partially quote an earlier U.S. best-selling luxury post: “GCBC will be dramatically altering the best-selling luxury post when the January edition appears at the beginning of February. But it has become clear that the amount of overlap between premium brands and mainstream brands results in a very subjective post that doesn’t accurately reflect where big spenders spray their automotive dollars. Rather than list an Acura ILX as Canada’s 20th-best-selling luxury vehicle, we’d rather show that 715 Canadian new car buyers spent at least $118,100 on a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Once a price limit is chosen, it will seem unfair to the vehicles which are definitely luxurious but too inexpensive. Obviously, a minimum base price of $40,000, or $45,000, or $50,000 cuts out some very high-end vehicles. Yet it’s the easiest way of excluding the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and including, for example, the $52,610 Chevrolet Suburban.”
You can find monthly and yearly sales figures for every vehicle currently on sale in Canada or the United States at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. There are hundreds of best seller lists at GCBC’s aptly named Best Sellers page. Canada’s overall best-selling vehicles post was published earlier this morning.

Rank
Best-Selling
Luxury Vehicle
2012
2011
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series
11,234 11,226 + 0.1%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
10,616 9447 + 12.4%
#3
Lexus RX
7130 6760 + 5.5%
#4
Audi Q5
6152 4502 + 36.7%
#5
Audi A4
6118 5480 + 11.6%
#6
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
5539 3846 + 44.0%
#7
Mercedes-Benz GLK
5279 5294 – 0.3%
#8
Acura MDX
5242 5334 – 1.7%
#9
BMW X3
5017 4671 + 7.4%
#10
BMW X1
4776 2980 + 60.3%
#11
Acura RDX
4726 3070 + 53.9%
#12
Mercedes-Benz 
E-Class & CLS-Class
4083 3898 + 4.7%
#13
BMW X5
3975 4155 – 4.3%
#14
Lincoln MKX
3792 4595 – 17.5%
#15
Acura TL
3323 3229 + 2.9%
#16
Cadillac SRX
3102 3197 – 3.0%
#17
Infiniti G
3003 3603 – 16.7%
#18
BMW 5-Series
2727 2963 – 8.0%
#19
Lexus ES
2535 1892 + 34.0%
#20
Acura ILX
2259 —– —–
#21
Infiniti JX35
2178 —– —–
#22
Cadillac CTS
2157 3048 – 29.2%
#23
Audi A5
2024 1948 + 3.9%
T24
Volkswagen Touareg
1975 1618 + 22.1%
T24
Lexus IS
1975 2235 – 11.6%
#26
Mercedes-Benz 
GL-Class & G-Class
1973 1722 + 14.6%
#27
Volvo XC60
1885 1865 + 1.1%
#28
Audi Q7
1653 1565 + 5.6%
#29
Lexus CT200h
1640 1350 + 21.5%
#30
Land Rover 
Range Rover Sport
1634 1475 + 10.8%

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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