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

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan
In December 2013, Canada's third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth-best-selling luxury brand nameplates were utility vehicles. 

Canada luxury auto brand sales chart 2013So were the twelfth and 14th. And, though you won't see them ranked here, the 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 26th-best-selling luxury vehicles in December 2013 in Canada - SRX, Range Rover Sport, Infiniti QX60, Lincoln MKX, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class - were SUVs or crossovers of some kind, too.

Two German cars led the way, however, despite the fact that their December 2013 volume was much lower than their December 2012 volume. 

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class (sedan and coupe) outsold the BMW 3-Series (sedan and wagon) for just the first time this year. There'll be a new C-Class next year, and based solely on its exterior style, it's a winner, though being a winner in the sales standing is a whole 'nuther subject. 


In addition to the 3er's 658 December sales, BMW Canada also sold 112 copies of the new 4-Series last month.

Among vehicles with base prices above $50,000, eleven of Canada's top 15 best sellers in December were SUVs. The passenger car exceptions included the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (and its CLS-Class sibling which has its figures included in the E-Class's total in Canada), the BMW 5-Series, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (and its CL-Class coupe offshoot), and the 15th-ranked Porsche 911.

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 December 2013 are listed below.

December 2014 • January 2014 • November 2013 • December 2012
Rank
Luxury Vehicle
December 2013
December
2012
% Change
2013 2012 % Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
8121010-19.6% 9356 10,616 -11.9%
#2
BMW 3-Series
658940-30.0% 12,507 11,234 11.3%
#3
Audi Q5
62456410.6% 7547 6152 22.7%
#4
Acura MDX
59850618.2% 6114 5242 16.6%
#5
Lexus RX
5725405.9% 7789 7130 9.2%
#6
BMW X5
524172205% 4704 3975 18.3%
#7
Acura RDX
49839825.1% 6112 4726 29.3%
#8
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
45740213.7% 4804 5539 -13.3%
#9
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
416562-26.0% 5979 5279 13.3%
#10
Audi A4 *
412429-4.0% 5956 6118 -2.6%
#11
Cadillac ATS
38572435% 3256 189 1623%
#12
BMW X1
35629421.1% 2910 4776 -39.1%
#13
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
32125426.4% 3359 4083 -17.7%
#14
BMW X3
274332-17.5% 5658 5017 12.8%
#15
BMW 5-Series
27216366.9% 2717 2727 -0.4%
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
Vehicles
With Base Prices Above $50K
December 2013
December
2012
% Change
2013 2012 % Change
#1
BMW X5
524172205% 4704 3975 18.3%
#2
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
45740213.7%4804 5539 -13.3%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
32125426.4% 3359 4083 -17.7%
#4
BMW 5-Series
27216366.9% 2717 2727 -0.4%
#5
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
246116112% 1806 1634 10.5%
#6
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
180196-8.2% 2408 1846 30.4%
#7
Porsche Cayenne
16214313.3% 2050 1628 25.9%
#8
Volkswagen Touareg
1571495.4% 2087 1975 5.7%
#9
Chevrolet Tahoe
1408564.7% 1632 1108 47.3%
#10
Audi Q7
1221220.0% 1781 1653 7.7%
#11
GMC Yukon
113165-31.5% 1333 1188 12.2%
#12
GMC Yukon XL
1066660.6% 1171 1111 5.4%
#13
Mercedes-Benz S-Class & CL-Class
886339.7% 468 715 -34.5%
#14
Chevrolet Suburban
77718.5% 1183 1022 15.8%
#15
Porsche 911
6425156% 661 584 13.2%
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.

Total Infiniti G/Q50/Q60 volume: up 63% to 187 in December; up 1.5% to 3048 in 2013.

RECOMMENDED READING
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada - December 2014
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada - January 2014
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada - November 2013
Top 30 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada - December 2012
Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings - December 2013 & Year End
Top 30 Best-Selling Vehicles In Canada - December 2013
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada - 2013 Year End

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