Small And Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In Canada – January 2014


With a huge uptick in BMW X5 volume, the January 2014 growth among larger, so-called “midsize” luxury SUVs and crossovers was far more significant than the growth experienced by their smaller brethren – RDX, Q5, X1, X3, QX50, LR2, Evoque, GLK, and XC60 – sales of which grew 4.3% last month.

The X5 was certainly not the only higher-priced luxury utility vehicle to produce a big increase, although its 128% jump was certainly the biggest from a purely volume perspective. (Lexus GX460 sales were up 131%.) Acura MDX sales rose 38%, the Infiniti QX60 was up 85%, Land Rover LR4 sales nearly doubled, Range Rover Sport sales did double. Two Lincolns and one Porsche all generated significant increases, as well.

Ranked 20th among all utility vehicles regardless of brand status, the X5 was the top-selling premium brand utility vehicle in Canada in January 2014. The big BMW was followed closely by the 20th-ranked Audi Q5 and 21st-ranked Lexus RX. And by closely, we do mean closely: only four sales separated the trio.

In part because BMW’s car sales fell 27%, utility vehicles – BMW’s four X models – accounted for 57% of BMW brand sales in Canada in January 2014, BMW Canada’s best January ever. 

Canada luxury SUV sales chart January 2014
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How popular was the X5? Land Rover sales rose 38% to 468 units; Land Rover sales more than tripled compared with January 2011’s total. Yet BMW sold 441 X5s, not to mention the 510 other X-branded BMWs. 

It’s not as though the X5 is value-priced. The basic MSRP is $62,990 and pricing for the X5 M is just a hair under $100K. But it’s currently selling a lot better than the family-sized SUVs produced by many volume manufacturers. In January 2014, the X5 outsold the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick Enclave.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canadian auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank small and midsize luxury SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • January 2015 • February 2014 • December 2013January 2013

Small
Luxury SUV
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
322
370 -13.0% 322 370 -13.0%
438
435 0.7% 438 435 0.7%
250
89 181% 250 89 181%
221
281 -21.4% 221 281 -21.4%
113
124 -8.9% 113 124 -8.9%
33
34 -2.9% 33 34 -2.9%
90
90 0.0% 90 90 0.0%
287
256 12.1% 287 256 12.1%
82
82 0.0% 82 82 0.0%
Total
1836
1761 4.3% 1836 1761 4.3%

Midsize Luxury SUV
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
355
257 38.1% 355 257 38.1%
1
3 -66.7% 1 3 -66.7%
118
103 14.6% 118 103 14.6%
441
193 128% 441 193 128%
39
40 -2.5% 39 40 -2.5%
216
175 23.4% 216 175 23.4%
31
49 -36.7% 31 49 -36.7%
296
160 85.0% 296 160 85.0%
43
23 87.0% 43 23 87.0%
215
108 99.1% 215 108 99.1%
60
26 131% 60 26 131%
437
414 5.6% 437 414 5.6%
36
21 71.4% 36 21 71.4%
262
174 50.6% 262 174 50.6%
283
283 0.0% 283 283 0.0%
129
88 46.6% 129 88 46.6%
137
135 1.5% 137 135 1.5%
33
52 -36.5% 33 52 -36.5%
32
27 18.5% 32 27 18.5%
Total
3164
2331 35.7% 3164 2331 35.7%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better, right? This explains you’ll see the XC70 listed with luxury cars as well as with SUVs and crossovers and the Touareg with luxury SUVs and mainstream SUVs… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.

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