Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada – January 2014


2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
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A big Canadian sales month for Mercedes-Benz in January 2014 was fuelled in part by the Mercedes-Benz CLA, which made it onto the list of Canada’s 15 best-selling premium brand vehicles for the first time.

Nearly half of Mercedes-Benz Canada’s non-Sprinter volume in January was generated by the company’s three entry-level cars: the CLA, which tied for 14th among premium brand vehicles, the C-Class, which led all premium brand vehicles, and the B-Class, sales of which slid 5% to 191 units last month.

11 of Canada’s 15 leading premium brand nameplates in January 2014 were utility vehicles, including the second, third, and fourth top sellers. BMW’s X5 was Canada’s 20th-best-selling SUV/crossover overall, the only premium brand utility to crack the top 20.

Among vehicles with base prices north of $50,00, the X5 led the way. The Volkswagen Touareg, Chevrolet Corvette, Toyota Sequoia, and GMC Yukon also inserted themselves into the mix. Sales of the $52,745+ Corvette were seven times stronger in January 2014 than they were a year ago. 

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.

January 2015 – February 2014 – December 2013January 2013

Rank
Luxury Vehicle
January 2014
January
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
556 393 41.5% 556 393 41.5%
#2
BMW X5
441 193 128% 441 193 128%
#3
Audi Q5
438 435 0.7% 438 435 0.7%
#4
Lexus RX
437 414 5.5% 437 414 5.5%
#5
BMW 3-Series *
374 676 -44.7% 374 676 -44.7%
#6
Acura MDX
355 257 38.1% 355 257 38.1%
#7
Acura RDX
322 370 -13.0% 322 370 -13.0%
#8
Audi A4 *
301 332 -9.3% 301 332 -9.3%
#9
Infiniti QX60/JX
296 160 85.0% 296 160 85.0%
#10
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
287 256 12.1% 287 256 12.1%
#11
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
283 283 0.0% 283 283 0.0%
#12
Lincoln MKX
262 174 50.6% 262 174 50.6%
#13
BMW X1
250 89 181% 250 89 181%
T14
BMW X3
221 281 -21.4% 221 281 -21.4%
T14
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
221 221

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 $50K.

Rank
Vehicles
With Base Prices Above $50K
January 2014
January
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW X5
441 193 128% 441 193 128%
#2
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
283 283 0.0% 283 283 0.0%
#3
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
215 108 99.1% 215 108 99.1%
#4
Mercedes-Benz 
E-Class & CLS-Class ^
198 117 69.2% 198 117 69.2%
#5
BMW 5-Series
187 191 -2.1% 187 191 -2.1%
#6
Volkswagen Touareg
137 135 1.5% 137 135 1.5%
#7
Porsche Cayenne
129 88 46.6% 129 88 46.6%
#8
Mercedes-Benz 
S-Class & CL-Class ^
118 26 354% 118 26 354%
#9
Audi Q7
118 103 14.6% 118 103 14.6%
#10
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
102 178 -42.7% 102 178 -42.7%
#11
Chevrolet Corvette
94 13 623% 94 13 623%
#12
Land Rover Range Rover
87 84 3.6% 87 84 3.6%
#13
Audi A7
70 38 84.2% 70 38 84.2%
T14
Toyota Sequoia
67 60 11.7% 67 60 11.7%
T14
GMC Yukon
67 66 1.5% 67 66 1.5%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales
* A4 sales include sales of the unreported Allroad. BMW also sold 111 copies of the 3-Series two-door, now known as the 4-Series.
^ Mercedes-Benz Canada’s figures combine the E-Class with the CLS and the S-Class with the CL.
$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 76.3% to 238

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