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


2014 Cadillac ATS

Although sales of BMW’s core model were down 31% in Canada in July 2014, and though sales of that 3-Series and its 4-Series offshoot were jointly down 4%, the 3-Series still came out on top of the premium brand leaderboard. 

Meanwhile, the 4-Series ranked 11th, just behind the transitioning Mercedes-Benz C-Class range, just ahead of the top-selling Cadillac, the SRX.

Compared with last month’s edition of this list, the Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLK fell off; the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sales of which annoyingly include the CLS-Class in Canada) and Cadillac ATS were added. The Audi Q5 slid back to third spot from number two, but it still leads all premium brand utility vehicles. The race between the Lexus RX and the Q5 looks like it will go down to the wire. 

Among vehicles with base prices above $50,000, 12 of the top 15 – including the top two, eight of the top nine, and ten of the top twelve – were SUVs or crossovers of some kind, including a trio of high-priced volume brand SUVs from General Motors and their truly premium partner, the Cadillac Escalade.

• All Makes & Models Ranked By July 2014 YTD Canadian Sales

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.


July 2015 • August 2014 • June 2014July 2013

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
July
2014
July
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series
956 1391 -31.3% 5349 7372 -27.4%
#2
Lexus RX
649 662 -2.0% 4429 4365 1.5%
#3
Audi Q5
644 585 10.1% 4488 4146 8.2%
#4
BMW X3
539 324 66.4% 3115 3928 -20.7%
#5
Acura MDX
499 600 -16.8% 3431 3526 -2.7%
#6
Acura RDX
485 478 1.5% 3936 3519 11.8%
#7
Audi A4 °
476 456 4.4% 3498 3506 -0.2%
#8
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
461 371 24.3% 3261 2456 32.8%
#9
BMW X5
406 329 23.4% 3606 1803 100%
#10
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
384 942 -59.2% 3792 5552 -31.7%
#11
BMW 4-Series
383 1751
#12
Cadillac SRX
382 363 5.2% 2593 1924 34.8%
#13
Cadillac ATS
349 216 61.6% 2108 1643 28.3%
#14
Mercedes-Benz
E-Class & CLS-Class ^
342 281 21.7% 2174 1744 24.7%
#15
Lexus IS
339 315 7.6% 2340 953 146%

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. Maserati only reports 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
July
2014
July
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
461 371 24.3% 3261 2456 32.8%
#2
BMW X5
406 329 23.4% 3606 1803 100%
#3
Mercedes-Benz
E-Class & CLS-Class ^
342 281 21.7% 2174 1744 24.7%
#4
GMC Yukon
229 120 90.8% 827 752 10.0%
#5
Land Rover
Range Rover Sport
209 97 115% 1577 887 77.8%
#6
Volkswagen Touareg
207 144 43.8% 1205 1193 1.0%
#7
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
203 118 72.0% 1441 1380 4.4%
#8
Porsche Cayenne
198 167 18.6% 1280 1095 16.9%
#9
Porsche Macan
191 463
#10
BMW 5-Series
178 185 -3.8% 1224 1295 -5.5%
#11
Audi Q7
155 179 -13.4% 1164 1039 12.0%
#12
GMC Yukon XL
147 30 390% 930 511 82.0%
#13
Chevrolet Corvette
133 12 1008% 889 123 623%
#14
Cadillac Escalade
110 52 112% 300 479 -37.4%
Cadillac Escalade *
85 32 166% 219 252 -13.1%
Cadillac Escalade ESV *
25 3 733% 75 81 -7.4%
Cadillac Escalade EXT *
17 -100% 6 146 95.9%
#15
Chevrolet Suburban
95 86 10.5% 499 670 -25.5%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
° A4 sales include sales of the unreported Allroad.
^ Mercedes-Benz Canada’s figures combine the E-Class with the CLS and the S-Class with the CL.
* Escalade breakdown by variant
$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 $49,440, sporty cars like the $49,500 Audi TT, and SUVs like the $49,990 Acura MDX and $49,565 Chevrolet Tahoe. Volkswagen recently increased the base Touareg’s price to $50,975; GM jacked up the base Yukon price up to $51,090.
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 July: 80.
Total Infiniti G/Q50/Q60 volume: 273 in July; 2238 YTD.

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