Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada – May 2015


2014 Audi A4 sedan silver
Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi owned more than half the Canadian premium auto brand market in May 2015. The top-selling luxury vehicle in Canada is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which outsold the BMW 3-Series by 163 units in May and 903 sales through the first five months of 2015.

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – May 2015 YTD

Audi’s Q5 and A4 were the fourth and fifth-best-selling premium brand vehicles in Canada last month. Even the aging A4, set to be replaced in the coming months, was up 15% to 650 Canadian sales in May, even as Audi’s real entry-level car, the A3, posted its own 91% gain and – theoretically – stole A4 limelight.

Canada luxury auto brand market share chart May 2015
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Among the $50,000+ vehicles that sold most often in Canada last month, seven of the top 15. 

Other Germans, the two Audi cousins from Porsche, grabbed two of the top 11 positions.

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.

May 2016 • June 2015 • April 2015 • May 2014

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
May
2015
May
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
1014 491 107% 4538 2691 68.6%
#2
BMW 3-Series
851 954 -10.8% 3635 3337 8.9%
#3
Acura RDX
828 720 15.0% 2930 2926 0.1%
#4
Audi Q5
752 732 2.7% 3026 3081 -1.8%
#5
Audi A4
650 566 14.8% 2486 2537 -2.0%
#6
BMW 4-Series
636 306 109% 2075 973 113%
#7
Lexus RX
610 803 -24.0% 2606 3127 -16.7%
#8
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
564 555 1.6% 2141 2204 -2.9%
#9
Acura MDX
547 674 -18.8% 2125 2450 -13.3%
#10
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
544 509 6.9% 2360 2303 2.5%
#11
BMW X5
527 495 6.5% 2064 2773 -25.6%
#12
Cadillac SRX
524 515 1.7% 1962 1857 5.7%
#13
BMW X3
478 525 -9.0% 2115 1940 9.0%
#14
Acura TLX
452 2002
#15
Audi A3
432 226 91.2% 1660 399 316%

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
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
#1
Lexus RX
610 803 -24.0% 2606 3127 -16.7%
#2
Acura MDX
547 674 -18.8% 2125 2450 -13.3%
#3
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
544 509 6.9% 2360 2303 2.5%
#4
BMW X5
527 495 6.5% 2064 2773 -25.6%
#5
Chevrolet Corvette
450 146 208% 894 597 49.7%
#6
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class ^
360 379 -5.0% 1268 1508 -15.9%
#7
Porsche Cayenne
272 215 26.5% 867 890 -2.6%
#8
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
222 204 8.8% 1027 1171 -12.3%
#9
Cadillac Escalade
201 32 528% 902 154 486%

Cadillac Escalade °
159 26 512% 716 113 534%

Cadillac Escalade °
42 6 600% 186 36 417%

Cadillac Escalade °
5 -100%
#10
Chevrolet Tahoe
199 168 18.5% 921 423 118%
#11
Porsche Macan
195 104 87.5% 711 104 584%
#12
Audi Q7
193 189 2.1% 673 842 -20.1%
#13
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
185 211 -12.3% 929 1012 -8.2%
#14
BMW 5-Series
171 167 2.4% 677 746 -9.2%
#15
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
143 70 104% 438 480 -8.8%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* A4 sales include sales of the unreported Allroad.
° Escalade breakdown by variant
^ 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. 

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