Small And Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In Canada – March 2016 YTD


2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class grey

Canadian sales of small luxury SUVs and crossovers jumped 26% to 5491 units in March 2016 and rose 20% to more than 12,000 units in the first-quarter of 2016.

The small, entry-level German trio – Q3, X1, GLA-Class – improved their share of the overall “small premium” sector by five percentage points to 23% during 2016’s first three months. All three entry-level rivals are selling far more often this year than last. Mercedes-Benz’s March was the GLA’s second-best month yet. 

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – March 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales  By Model – March 2016 YTD

Since inception, a 19-month period, Mercedes-Benz Canada has sold  5799 GLA crossovers. The Audi Q3 generated 5994 Canadian sales in its first 20 months on the market. BMW’s X1, now in its second-generation, arrived in Canada in 2011 and has attracted 17,233 sales so far. 

Their slightly larger brethren typically remain far more popular. 

Canada luxury SUV sales chart March 2016
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At Audi, the Q5 was Canada’s best-selling premium utility vehicle last year – Q5 sales are up 10% in early 2016. BMW’s X3 and X4 are up 19% to 1414 units so far this year. The Mercedes-Benz GLC, taking over from the GLK, is only just getting going, but it’s difficult to see the GLA continuing to outperform its big brother. 

And certainly not its much bigger GLE-Class brother. In 2016’s first three months, sales of the M-Class-replacing GLE are up 47% to 1927 units, tops among premium brand utility vehicles.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canadian auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are sortable, so you can rank luxury SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • March 2017 • April 2016 • February 2016March 2015

Compact
Luxury SUV
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
415
240 72.9% 832 676 23.1%
392
251 56.2% 890 557 59.8%
440 199 121% 1116 605
84.5%
Total
1247
690 80.7% 2838 1838 54.4%

Small
Luxury SUV
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
694
492 41.1% 1379 1261 9.4%
694
574 20.9% 1503 1370 9.7%
500
378 32.3% 1137 951 19.6%
117
96 21.9% 277 238 16.4%
252
209 20.6% 588 473 24.3%
429
753
19 -100% 42 -100%
272
353 -22.9% 476 694 -31.3%
519
444 16.9% 1169 1079 8.3%
208
254 -18.1% 517 545 -5.1%
304
565 -46.2% 825 1065 -22.5%
164
143 14.7% 410 251 63.3%
91
129 -29.5% 277 343 -19.2%
Total
4244
3656 16.1% 9311 8312 12.0%

Midsize Luxury SUV
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
431
421 2.4% 1111 998 11.3%
1
382
119 221% 1058 275 285%
535
505 5.9% 1338 1062 26.0%
97
102 -4.9% 275 260 5.8%
369
339 8.8% 897 694 29.3%
419
320 30.9% 954 824 15.8%
52
53 -1.9% 144 109 32.1%
135
38 255% 225 122 84.4%
419
223 87.9% 907 598 51.7%
40
73 -45.2% 122 179 -31.8%
662
587 12.8% 1583 1395 13.5%
9
15 -40.0% 30 47 -36.2%
319
181 76.2% 752 425 76.9%
797
594 34.2% 1927 1309 47.2%
244
176 38.6% 420 358 17.3%
111
140 -20.7% 274 517 -47.0%
13
30 -56.7% 58 86 -32.6%
391
596
Total
5425
3916 38.5% 12,672 9258 36.9%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better. This explains you’ll see the XC70 listed with luxury cars as well as with SUVs and crossovers and the Touareg with luxury SUVs and mainstream SUVs… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.

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