Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada - 2013 Year End

2014 BMW 3-Series sedan brown
There's a number of differences between the list you'll see here of Canada's 15 best-selling luxury vehicles in 2013 and the U.S. version of the same. But there's one difference that really stands out: the presence of a Lincoln. 

Ford's premium division suffered from a 5% drop in Canadian sales in 2013 and a slim 0.6% decline in the U.S. But in Canada, Lincoln's small output is MKX-centric. 56% of Lincoln's Canadian sales in 2013 were derived from the Edge-based MKX. 


Canada luxury auto brand sales chart 2013
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There's an Infiniti on the U.S. version of this list, but none here. And while SUVs and crossovers make up seven of America's 15 best-selling luxury vehicle nameplates, they account for ten of the top 15 in Canada, MKX included. 

Look for the new MKC and a new MKX to make a big impact in 2014 and 2015 as Ford does its level best to make Lincoln relevant again. Cadillac, which is by no means a top-tier luxury player in Canada, sold 65% more vehicles in 2013 than Lincoln, twice as many in the month of December.

In both countries, the best-selling premium brand vehicle in 2013 was the BMW 3-Series. Canadians registered 12,507 copies of the 3-Series in its various forms. (Canadians also registered 546 4-Series coupes in the fourth quarter.) The 3-Series and 4-Series generated 41% of the BMW brand's Canadian sales in 2013, up from 36% in 2012. With fast-falling X1 volume, BMW relied less heavily on SAVs this year, 44%, down from 47% in 2012. The X3 and X5 ranked ninth and 13th in 2012 (with the X1 in between), but the X5 moved up to 11th spot in 2013 as fourth quarter volume more than doubled.

In terms of outright volume, 2013 was a record year for the Canadian auto industry. Likewise, Audi, BMW, Infiniti,  Land Rover, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche all set Canadian sales records. GM Canada says Cadillac set a retail sales record.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these top-selling luxury vehicles 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.


2014 Year End • 2012 Year End2011 Year End2010 Year End

Rank
Luxury Vehicle
2013
2012

Change
#1
BMW 3-Series
12,50711,23411.3%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
935610,616-11.9%
#3
Lexus RX
778971309.2%
#4
Audi Q5
7547615222.7%
#5
Acura MDX
6114524216.6%
#6
Acura RDX
6112472629.3%
#7
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
5979527913.3%
#8
Audi A4 *
59566118-2.6%
#9
BMW X3
5658501712.8%
#10
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
48045539-13.3%
#11
BMW X5
4704397518.3%
#12
Cadillac SRX
3765310221.4%
#13
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
33594083-21.4%
#14
Cadillac ATS
32561891623%
#15
Lincoln MKX
32383792-14.6%
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. Buick has been excluded with a bunch of other automakers that don't sell vehicles with base prices higher than $45K. 

Rank
Luxury Vehicle 
(Min. Base Price $45K)
2013
2012

Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
48045539-13.3%
#2
BMW X5
4704397518.3%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
33594083-21.4%
#4
BMW 5-Series
27172727-0.4%
#5
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2408184630.4%
#6
Volkswagen Touareg
208719755.7%
#7
Porsche Cayenne
2050162825.9%
#8
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1806163410.5%
#9
Audi Q7
178116537.7%
#10
Chevrolet Tahoe
1632110847.3%
#11
GMC Yukon
1333118812.2%
#12
Chevrolet Suburban
1183102215.8%
#13
GMC Yukon XL
117111115.4%
#14
Audi A6
103393710.0%
#15
Cadillac Escalade & ESV/EXT
802920-12.8%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales 
* A4 sales include sales of the unreported Allroad
$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 $48,940, sporty cars like the $49,500 Audi TT, and SUVs like the $49,990 Acura MDX. Volkswagen recently increased the base Touareg's price to $50,975; GM jacked up the base Tahoe/Yukon price up to $51,580. The new Cadillac CTS sedan's base price is above $50,000, but not the base price for other cars in the CTS lineup. Yet.
Total Infiniti G/Q50/Q60 volume: up 1.5% to 3048 in 2013.


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