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


2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan
For the second consecutive month, BMW Canada’s 3-Series ate into the Mercedes-Benz C-Class’s year-to-date lead as Canada’s best-selling luxury car in 2015.

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – August 2015 YTD

The C-Class led the 3-Series by 1030 units at the halfway point of the year, but that lead now stands at a more manageable 810 units. Manageable for the 3-Series, that is. 
The 3-Series is consistently Canada’s best-selling premium brand vehicle, but needs to outsell the C-Class by an average of 203 units per month over the course of the fall and early winter in order to maintain its best-selling status.


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3-Series sales did, however, decline on a year-over-year basis in August. The 20% drop came as C-Class volume jumped 60%. August was the fourth consecutive month in which Canadian sales of the 3-Series declined, year-over-year. 

Among premium utility vehicles, the Audi Q5 led in August, as it leads on year-to-date terms. Q5 sales rose 10% last month; its year-to-date pace is marginally ahead of 2014’s eight-month pace.

Among vehicles with base prices above CDN $50,000, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class – soon to be renamed GLE – led the way in August. SUVs/crossovers claimed the five top positions and 12 of the top 15 spots.

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.

August 2016 • September 2015 • July 2015August 2014

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
August
2015
August
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series
875 1099 -20.4% 6215 6448 -3.6%
#2
Audi Q5
759 692 9.7% 5200 5180 0.4%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
756 472 60.2% 7025 4264 64.8%
#4
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
696 509 36.7% 3929 3770 4.2%
#5
Acura RDX
642 443 44.9% 5039 4379 15.1%
#6
Lexus RX
609 684 -11.0% 4440 5113 -13.2%
#7
Lexus NX
578 3569
#8
Cadillac SRX
560 344 62.8% 3359 2937 14.4%
#9
Acura MDX
472 542 -12.9% 3492 3973 -12.1%
#10
Audi A4 *
466 371 25.6% 3828 3869 -1.1%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
440 321 37.1% 3581 3404 5.2%
#12
Acura TLX
419 3350
#13
Cadillac ATS
418 240 74.2% 2089 2348 -11.0%
#14
BMW X5
415 282 47.2% 3390 3888 -12.8%
#15
BMW 4-Series
356 347 2.6% 3503 2098 67.0%

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, 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
August
2015
August
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
696 509 36.7% 3929 3770 4.2%
#2
Lexus RX
609 684 -11.0% 4440 5113 -13.2%
#3
Acura MDX
472 542 -12.9% 3492 3973 -12.1%
#4
BMW X5
415 282 47.2% 3390 3888 -12.8%
#5
Porsche Macan
241 199 21.1% 1432 662 116%
#6
Mercedes-Benz
E-Class & CLS-Class ^
225 349 -35.5% 2065 2523 -18.2%
#7
Porsche Cayenne
216 148 45.9% 1641 1428 14.9%
#8
Chevrolet Tahoe
215 314 -31.5% 1534 1097 39.8%
#9
Audi Q7
201 152 32.2% 1285 1316 -2.4%
#10
Volvo XC90
190 55 246% 441 268 64.6%
#11
BMW 5-Series
166 248 -33.1% 1199 1472 -18.5%
#12
Chevrolet Corvette
155 75 107% 1459 964 51.3%
#13
Land Rover
Range Rover Sport
153 194 -21.1% 1604 1771 -9.4%
T14
Cadillac Escalade
149 97 53.6% 1366 397 244%
Cadillac Escalade °
111 74 50.0% 1047 293 257%

Cadillac Escalade ESV °
38 23 65.2% 319 98 226%

Cadillac Escalade EXT °
6 -100%
T14
Chevrolet Suburban
149 107 39.3% 720 606 18.8%

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 below $50,000.

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