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


2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe
In May 2016, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class recorded its first year-over-year sales increase in Canada since November of last year and easily outsold all premium brand rivals to end May as Canada’s top-selling premium vehicle. 

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – May 2016 YTD

Year-to-date, the C-Class now leads Mercedes-Benz’s own GLE SUV by 270 units in the race to end 2016 as Canada’s top-selling luxury vehicle. The next-closest competitors are Audi and Lexus utilities: the Q5 and RX, both of which are on the upswing. 

Canada luxury auto brand market share chart May 2016
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Through five months, the C-Class and its most direct rival, BMW’s 3-Series, are down 21% and 25%, respectively, combining for 1846 fewer sales in the first five months of 2016 than during the same period one year ago.

Among vehicles with price tags above $50,000, May 2016’s top six sellers were all SUVs/crossovers. Of the 15 leaders above $50,000, there were but three traditional passenger cars, including the Chevrolet Corvette.

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.

June 2016 • April 2016May 2015

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
May
2016
May
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
1027 1014 1.3% 3600 4538 -20.7%
#2
Audi Q5
799 752 6.3% 3210 3026 6.1%
#3
BMW 3-Series
731 851 -14.1% 2727 3635 -25.0%
#4
BMW X5
729 527 38.3% 2736 2064 32.6%
#5
Mercedes-Benz 
GLE-Class & M-Class
681 544 25.2% 3330 2360 41.1%
#6
Audi A4
676 650 4.0% 2154 2486 -13.4%
#7
Lexus RX
672 610 10.2% 3124 2606 19.9%
#8
BMW X3
648 478 35.6% 2336 2115 10.4%
#9
Lexus NX
623 422 47.6% 2411 2050 17.6%
#10
Acura RDX
579 828 -30.1% 2787 2930 -4.9%
#11
Audi A3
448 432 3.7% 1613 1660 -2.8%
#12
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
443 404 9.7% 1873 1581 18.5%
#13
Audi Q3
438 359 22.0% 1717 1360 26.3%
#14
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
435 312 39.4% 1970 1216 62.0%
#15
Acura MDX
431 547 -21.2% 2051 2125 -3.5%

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
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
#1
BMW X5
729 527 38.3% 2736 2064 32.6%
#2
Mercedes-Benz 
GLE-Class & M-Class
681 544 25.2% 3330 2360 41.1%
#3
Lexus RX
672 610 10.2% 3124 2606 19.9%
#4
Acura MDX
431 547 -21.2% 2051 2125 -3.5%
#5
Audi Q7
426 193 121% 1865 673 177%
#6
Ford Expedition
416 232 79.3% 1078 826 30.5%
#7
Mercedes-Benz 
E-Class & CLS-Class ^
300 360 -16.7% 1514 1268 19.4%
#8
Volvo XC90
244 36 578% 1165 36 3136%
#9
Land Rover 
Range Rover Sport
241 222 8.6% 1339 1027 30.4%
#10
Mercedes-Benz 
GLS-Class & GL-Class
231 185 24.9% 902 929 -2.9%
#11
Porsche Macan
225 195 15.4% 913 711 28.4%
#12
BMW 5-Series
219 171 28.1% 871 677 28.7%
#13
Chevrolet Corvette
219 450 -51.3% 700 894 -21.7%
#14
Porsche Cayenne
215 272 -21.0% 854 867 -1.5%
#15
Cadillac Escalade
211 201 5.0% 956 902 6.0%
Cadillac Escalade °
123 159 -22.6% 673 716 -6.0%

Cadillac Escalade °
88 42 110% 283 186 52.2%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* A4 sales include sales of the unreported Allroad.
^ Mercedes-Benz Canada’s figures combine the E-Class with the CLS.
° 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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