Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada - July 2013

2013 Lexus IS
Arrival Of The New IS Has Predictably
Boosted Sales Of Lexus' Small Sedan
Canadian BMW 3-Series volume more than doubled in July 2013, rising to 1391 units, 449 sales ahead of the next-best-selling Mercedes-Benz C-Class. 

A year ago, the C-Class was 783 sales ahead of the 3-Series yet ended 2012 618 sales back of the BMW. The gap this year has already grown to 1820 units. In the 3-Series' favour.

Ten of Canada's 15 most popular premium brand vehicles are utility vehicles, ranging from the third-ranked Lexus RX to the declining BMW X3 in 13th spot. 


Again, among vehicles with base prices beyond $50,000, ten of Canada's 15 top sellers are SUVs or crossovers. That includes the top two and seven of the top ten. 

45% of the vehicles BMW Canada has sold this year have been X models. 38% of Mercedes-Benz's non-Sprinter July sales came from SUVs. The SRX, Cadillac's best-selling model in July, was worth 48% of the brand's sales last month. 64% of Acura sales this year have been generated by the MDX and RDX. 

Land Rovers outsell Jaguars by a 3.7-to-1 count. Seven out of every ten Infinitis sold in Canada in July were utility vehicles. The RX alone accounts for half of all Lexus sales. 46% of the Audis sold in July were Q5s or Q7s while Volvo produced 56% of its 381 sales with the XC60 and XC90.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these models can always be accessed through the dropdown menu at GCBC's Sales Stats page, and for those not viewing the mobile version of this site, near the top right of this page, as well. Canada's favourite luxury vehicles in July 2013 are listed below.

July 2014August 2013June 2013 - July 2012
Rank
Luxury Vehicle
July 
2013
%
Change
Year 
To 
Date
YTD

Change
#1
BMW 3-Series
1391 + 107% 7372 + 26.6%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
942 + 16.7% 5552 - 15.9%
#3
Lexus RX
662 + 18.6% 4365 + 12.2%
#4
Acura MDX
600 + 45.3% 3526 + 20.7%
#5
Audi Q5
585 + 33.9% 4146 + 24.1%
#6
Acura RDX
478 + 1.7% 3519 + 37.7%
#7
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
460 + 19.2% 3684 + 20.0%
#8
Audi A4
456 - 9.3% 3506 - 0.9%
#9
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
371 + 10.7% 2456 - 31.3%
#10
Cadillac SRX
363 + 42.9% 1924 + 12.6%
#11
Infiniti JX35
337 + 14.2% 1968 + 74.2%
#12
BMW X5
329 + 17.5% 1803 - 14.8%
#13
BMW X3
324 - 30.0% 3928 + 57.6%
#14
Acura ILX
316 + 10.9% 2216 + 397%
#15
Lexus IS
315 + 116% 953 - 21.6%
For the purposes of the above list, premium brands include Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo. Brands like Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Lotus don't report specific monthly sales data. Bentley and Maserati only report brand totals. GCBC opinions and overwhelming reader input tossed Buick back in with the mainstream wolves.

Rank
Luxury Vehicle
(Min. Base Price $50K)
July 
2013
%
Change
Year 
To 
Date
YTD

Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
371 + 10.7% 2456 - 31.3%
#2
BMW X5
329 + 17.5% 1803 - 14.8%
#3
Mercedes-Benz 
E-Class & CLS-Class
281 - 17.8% 1744 - 30.5%
#4
BMW 5-Series
185 + 5.7% 1295 - 22.1%
#5
Audi Q7
179 + 88.4% 1039 + 2.4%
#6
Porsche Cayenne
167 + 67.0% 1095 + 34.7%
#7
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
118 - 3.3% 1380 + 35.6%
#8
Land Rover 
Range Rover Sport
97 - 12.6% 887 - 3.2%
#9
Audi A6
92 + 58.6% 592 + 5.9%
#10
Chevrolet Suburban
86 + 72.0% 670 + 16.7%
#11
BMW X6
65 - 27.8% 444 - 11.6%
#12
Audi A7
62 - 1.6% 403 - 20.5%
#13
Volvo XC90
62 + 107% 370 + 12.1%
#14
Lexus GS
61 - 50.8% 399 - 33.2%
#15
Infiniti FX
55 - 11.3% 407 - 8.7%
Source: Manufacturers & ANDC
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales 
$50,000 CDN (before delivery) is an arbitrary borderline, but if GCBC was to follow this new system of designating only expensive vehicles as luxury vehicles, $50K seemed like a safe place to begin - it equals the average U.S. new car transaction price plus $15,000, plus another $5000 to account for Canadian increases. Plenty of less expensive vehicles with specific models feature prices above $50,000 - M, RS, and AMG models come to mind, specifically - but in the case of this list, we know that none of the registrations were of cars priced at $35,900, as would be the case with the BMW 320i, which costs less than a Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T Limited. The biggest problem with a $50,000 minimum price of entry? Cars like the Cadillac XTS, which starts at $48,995, sporty cars like the $48,600 Audi TT, and SUVs like the $49,930 Chevrolet Tahoe, $49,990 Acura MDX, and $49,675 Volkswagen Touareg.

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