Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada – April 2016


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As Canadians purchased and leased more new vehicles in April 2016 than at any prior point in the auto industry’s history, the top-selling premium brand automobile in Canada likewise sold more often than at any point in the model’s seven-year history. 

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – April 2016 YTD

Audi Q5 sales rose 0.4%, or four units, to 908 Canadian units in April 2016, tops among all vehicles in the luxury spectrum. In the best-ever month for the Lexus brand, Lexus’ top-selling RX jumped 45% to 869 units in April 2016, second only to October 2014’s 885-unit RX performance. 

The luxury sphere isn’t chock full of good news stories, however. Canada’s favourite premium brand passenger car nameplates – Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series/4-Series – all posted declining sales in April 2016. 

Canada luxury auto brand market share chart April 2016
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In the case of the C-Class and 3-Series, the two top-selling luxury cars in Canada so far this year, April volume was down by nearly 500 units.

South of the border, their story wasn’t dissimilar. Combined sales of the C-Class and 3-Series plunged by more than 3200 units.

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.

April 2017 • May 2016 • March 2016April 2015

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
April
2016
April
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Audi Q5
908 904 0.4% 2411 2274 6.0%
#2
Lexus RX
869 601 44.6% 2452 1996 16.8%
#3
Acura RDX
829 841 -1.4% 2569 3417 -24.8%
#4
Mercedes-Benz 
GLE-Class/M-Class
722 507 42.4% 2649 1816 45.9%
#5
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
691 968 -28.6% 2573 3524 -27.0%
#6
BMW X5
669 475 40.8% 2007 1537 30.6%
#7
Audi A4
660 733 -10.0% 1478 1836 -19.5%
#8
Lexus NX
619 549 12.8% 1788 1628 9.8%
#9
BMW 3-Series
567 784 -27.7% 1996 2784 -28.3%
#10
Acura TLX
555 512 8.4% 1347 1550 -13.1%
#11
BMW X3
551 686 -19.7% 1688 1637 3.1%
#12
BMW 4-Series
543 512 6.1% 1676 1437 16.6%
#13
Acura MDX
509 580 -12.2% 1620 1578 2.7%
#14
Cadillac SRX
479 744 -35.6% 1376 1438 -4.3%
#15
Audi Q3
447 325 37.5% 1279 1001 27.8%

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
April
2016
April
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
#1
Lexus RX
869 601 44.6% 2452 1996 16.8%
#2
Mercedes-Benz
GLE-Class/M-Class
722 507 42.4% 2649 1816 45.9%
#3
BMW X5
669 475 40.8% 2007 1537 30.6%
#4
Acura MDX
509 580 -12.2% 1620 1578 2.7%
#5
Audi Q7
381 205 85.9% 1439 480 200%
#6
Volvo XC90
325 000 921
#7
Mercedes-Benz
E-Class & CLS-Class
300 345 -13.0% 1214 908 33.7%
#8
Porsche Macan
278 265 4.9% 688 516 33.3%
#9
Chevrolet Corvette
275 307 -10.4% 481 444 8.3%
#10
BMW 5-Series
268 126 113% 652 506 28.9%
#11
Ford Expedition
263 192 37.0% 662 594 11.4%
#12
Mercedes-Benz
GL-Class & GLS-Class
254 279 -9.0% 859 815 5.4%
#13
Chevrolet Tahoe
223 180 23.9% 836 722 15.8%
#14
Porsche Cayenne
219 237 -7.6% 639 595 7.4%
#15
Cadillac Escalade
211 248 -14.9% 745 701 6.3%

Cadillac Escalade °
151 196 -23.0% 550 557 -1.3%

Cadillac Escalade ESV °
60 52 15.4% 195 144 35.4%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
^ Mercedes-Benz Canada’s figures combine the E-Class with the CLS and the GLE-Class with the M-Class and the GLS-Class with the GL and GLC with the GLK.
° 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 approximate 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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