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


2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA red

BMW’s top-selling 3-Series topped the premium brand leaderboard in September 2014, joined by the twelfth-ranked BMW 4-Series, as well. The 4-Series is a 3-Series offshoot. Indeed, sales of the 3-Series in September 2013 included cars that now operate under the 4-Series banner. 

• Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – September 2014 YTD

Canada luxury auto brand market share chart September 2014
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Together, their September volume was up 3.4%, accounting for 42% of BMW’s Canadian volume last month.

The Audi Q5 is Canada’s top-selling premium brand utility vehicle, now 186 units ahead of the second-ranked Lexus RX through nine months. The Q5 has been joined of late by a smaller Q3 in Audi Canada’s lineup. Together with the larger Q7, they generated 51% of Audi’s Canadian volume last month. 

Mercedes-Benz is Canada’s best-selling premium brand this year, just 50 sales ahead of BMW. Mercedes-Benz Canada sold their first 184 GLAs in September. The GLA is a sister crossover/hatchback to the CLA. 71% of Mercedes-Benz’s passenger car volume was generated in September by the entry-level cars: B, C, and CLA. Together with the GLA, they accounted for 44% of Mercedes-Benz volume in this country in September.

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.

September 2015 • October 2014 • August 2014September 2013

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
September
2014
September
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series
1014 1369 -25.9% 7462 9855 -24.3%
#2
Audi Q5
791 665 18.9% 5971 5492 8.7%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
694 733 -5.3% 4958 7005 -29.2%
#4
Lexus RX
672 760 -11.6% 5785 5830 -0.8%
#5
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
649 549 18.2% 4053 4616 -12.2%
#6
Acura MDX
523 468 11.8% 4496 4521 -0.6%
#7
Acura RDX
485 483 0.4% 4864 4536 7.2%
#8
BMW X5
461 478 -3.6% 4349 2565 69.6%
#9
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
436 522 -16.5% 4206 3402 23.6%
#10
BMW X3
434 385 12.7% 3956 4665 -15.2%
#11
Audi A4 *
432 491 -12.0% 4301 4507 -4.6%
#12
BMW 4-Series
401 2499
#13
Audi A3
393 5 7760% 1604 352 356%
#14
Lexus IS
390 323 20.7% 3094 1670 85.3%
#15
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class ^
386 317 21.8% 2909 2330 24.8%

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
September
2014
September
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
#1
BMW X5
461 478 -3.6% 4349 2565 69.6%
#2
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
436 522 -16.5% 4206 3402 23.6%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class ^
386 317 21.8% 2909 2330 24.8%
#4
GMC Yukon
334 50 568% 1440 1052 36.9%
#5
BMW X6
311 128 143% 692 643 7.6%
#6
Chevrolet Tahoe
261 119 119% 1358 1242 9.3%
#7
BMW 5-Series
242 269 -10.0% 1714 1767 -3.0%
#8
Volkswagen Touareg
240 154 55.8% 1674 1550 8.0%
#9
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
199 250 -20.4% 1812 1864 -2.8%
#10
GMC Yukon XL
172 169 1.8% 1348 810 66.4%
#11
Cadillac Escalade
153 69 122% 550 614 -10.4%
Cadillac Escalade °
120 44 173% 413 332 24.4%
Cadillac Escalade ESV °
33 14 136% 131 104 26.0%
Cadillac Escalade EXT °
11 -100% 6 178 -96.6%
#12
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
141 218 -35.3% 1912 1211 57.9%
#13
Audi Q7
141 195 -27.7% 1457 1377 5.8%
T14
Audi A6
136 111 22.5% 893 784 13.9%
T14
Porsche Macan
136 798

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. 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 September:
Total Infiniti G/Q50/Q60 volume: 276 in September; 2853 YTD.

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