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


Nine of Canada’s 15 best-selling premium brand vehicles in April 2013 were crossovers, a group led by the Acura RDX. 

Canada luxury auto brand market share chart April 2014
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Admittedly, the $41,390 RDX isn’t considered to be all that premium by many observers, but the fact that it has a higher base price and more standard power than some of its rivals lends some credence to the theory supporting its premium status. 

GCBC acknowledges that $34,300 Mercedes sedans and small Acura crossovers aren’t luxury at its highest level, and there’s a secondary table listing the sales figures of the best-selling vehicles with base prices above $50,000.

BMW’s X5 tops that list, as sales have skyrocketed since October, and BMW’s 3-Series leads all premium brand vehicles through the first four months of this year. The 3-Series is just 34 units ahead of the Audi Q5. Year-over-year, sales of the 3er and Q5 both declined in April.

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.

April 2015 • May 2014 • March 2014April 2013

Rank
Luxury Vehicle
April
2014
April
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
#1
Acura RDX
901 750 20.1% 2206 1925 14.6%
#2
BMW 3-Series
719 1099 -34.6% 2383 3645 -34.6%
#3
Lexus RX
711 799 -11.0% 2324 2275 2.2%
#4
Audi Q5
685 755 -9.3% 2349 2336 0.6%
#5
BMW X5
681 246 177% 2278 874 161%
#6
Audi A4 *
648 604 7.3% 1971 1861 5.9%
#7
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
571 542 5.4% 2200 2526 -12.9%
#8
Acura MDX
547 789 -30.7% 1776 1994 -10.9%
#9
Cadillac SRX
499 327 52.6% 1342 885 51.6%
#10
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
487 356 36.8% 1794 1394 28.7%
#11
BMW X3
474 576 -17.7% 1415 2228 -36.5%
#12
Lexus IS
410 137 199% 1212 354 240%
#13
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
406 610 -33.4% 1649 2040 -19.2%
#14
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
370 1016
#15
Cadillac ATS
368 325 13.2% 1017 862 18.0%

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, Tesla, 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
February 2014
February
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW X5
681 246 177% 2278 874 161%
#2
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
487 356 36.8% 1794 1394 28.7%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class ^
323 248 30.2% 1129 871 29.6%
#4
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
303 257 17.9% 801 872 -8.1%
#5
Audi Q7
225 160 40.6% 653 533 22.5%
#6
Porsche Cayenne
222 173 28.3% 675 541 24.8%
#7
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
214 118 81.4% 967 550 75.8%
#8
Volkswagen Touareg
212 210 1.0% 641 653 -1.8%
#9
BMW 5-Series
167 169 -1.2% 579 706 -18.0%
#10
Chevrolet Corvette
158 12 1217% 451 50 802%
#11
Mercedes-Benz S-Class & CL-Class ^
124 65 90.8% 410 163 152%
#12
Porsche 911
118 99 19.2% 238 261 -8.8%
#13
Audi A7
111 50 122% 333 205 62.4%
#14
Audi A6
108 92 17.4% 324 288 13.0%
#15
GMC Yukon
99 89 11.2% 263 374 -29.7%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales
* A4 sales include sales of the unreported Allroad. BMW also sold 279 copies of the 3-Series two-door, now called 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 CTS sales in April: 115, up 19%.
Total Infiniti G/Q50/Q60 volume: up 83% to 365 in April, up 54% to 1275 YTD.

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