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


2015 Acura TLX
As is almost always the case, Canada’s best-selling premium brand vehicle in October 2014 was the BMW 3-Series. Combined sales of the 3-Series and its 4-Series offshoot were up 0.3%, or four units, to 1274 units in October.

• Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – October 2014 YTD

Canada luxury auto brand market share October 2014
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But the bigger story from last month’s results related to Acura, Honda Canada’s upmarket division. The TLX sedan, a replacement for the TL and TSX, outsold all premium brand cars aside from the 3-Series and all premium brand utility vehicles but one, as well. 

With 788 sales, the TLX was up 63% compared with the whole Acura passenger car division’s results from one year ago and up 168% compared with the TL and TSX’s 294-unit performance from October 2013.

As a result, Acura brand sales were up 42% in October, a gain of 647 units. The TLX was also Acura Canada’s best-selling model.
Longstanding European luxury automakers filled most of the spots on this list of Canada’s 15 best-selling premium brand vehicles, however. Ten of the top 15 were BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes, or Audis. All but one member of the top 15, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, featured base prices below $50,000. Vehicles with base prices above $50,000, regardless of brand status, are profiled farther down the page.

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.

October 2015 • November 2014 • September 2014October 2013

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
October
2014
October
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series
946 1079 -12.3% 8408 10,934 -23.1%
#2
Lexus RX
885 765 15.7% 6670 6595 1.1%
#3
Acura TLX
788 1169
#4
Audi Q5
772 744 3.8% 6743 6236 8.1%
#5
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
680 731 -7.0% 5638 7736 -27.1%
#6
Acura RDX
569 556 2.3% 5433 5092 6.7%
#7
Acura MDX
562 489 14.9% 5058 5010 1.0%
#8
Audi A4
508 606 -16.2% 4809 5113 -5.9%
#9
BMW X3
476 364 30.8% 4432 5029 -11.9%
#10
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
460 538 -14.5% 4666 3940 18.4%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
434 534 -18.7% 4487 5150 -12.9%
#12
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
421 175 141% 3151 283 1013%
#13
Lexus IS
360 352 2.3% 3454 2022 70.8%
#14
Audi Q3
345 955
#15
Audi A3
340 2 16,900% 1944 354 449%

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 $50K.

Rank
Vehicles With Base
Prices Above $50K
October
2014
October
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
460 538 -14.5% 4666 3940 18.4%
#2
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class ^
329 340 -3.2% 3238 2670 21.3%
#3
BMW X5
317 703 -54.9% 4666 3268 42.8%
#4
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
228 200 14.0% 2040 2064 -1.2%
#5
GMC Yukon
221 55 302% 1661 1107 50.0%
#6
Volkswagen Touareg
216 173 24.9% 1890 1723 9.7%
#7
BMW 5-Series
215 351 -38.7% 1929 2118 -8.9%
#8
Audi Q7
206 179 15.1% 1663 1556 6.9%
#9
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
181 169 7.1% 2093 1380 51.7%
#10
Chevrolet Tahoe
149 99 50.5% 1507 1341 12.4%
#11
Porsche Macan
142 940
#12
GMC Yukon XL
123 169 -27.2% 1471 979 50.3%
#13
Mercedes-Benz S-Class & CL-Class ^
104 19 447% 862 338 155%
#14
Cadillac Escalade
87 60 45.0% 637 674 -5.5%
#14
Cadillac Escalade °
68 36 88.9% 481 368 30.7%
#14
Cadillac Escalade ESV °
19 11 72.7% 150 115 30.4%
#14
Cadillac Escalade EXT °
13 -100% 6 191 -96.9%
#15
Audi A6
86 90 -4.4% 979 874 12.0%

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? Vehicles like the $49,990 Acura MDX and $49,299 Ford Expedition.
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 October: 71.

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