Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada - December 2016

2015 Audi Q5
In the lead-up to the launch of an all-new, second-generation Audi Q5, sales of the outgoing Q5 continued to climb in December 2016, albeit modestly. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - 2016 Year End


Q5 volume rose 0.5%, or three units, to 636 sales in December, good enough to tie the BMW X5 for third on the list of Canada's top-selling luxury vehicles. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class led all luxury vehicles, both in December and throughout calendar year 2016. The Lexus RX topped the luxury SUV/crossover sales charts in December; the Q5 led the way annually. 

Canada luxury auto brand market share chart December 2016Of the 15 top-selling premium brand autos in Canada in December, the C-Class was joined by just one other passenger car: the 15th-ranked BMW 4-Series.

Among the 15 top-selling vehicles with base prices above $50,000, there is just one car: the 13th-ranked BMW 5-Series, sales of which fell 14% in December.

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. Mobile users can now thumb across the table for full-width access.

January 2017 • November 2016December 2015

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
% Change
2016 2015 % Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
853
621
37.4%
9,954
9,992
-0.4%
#2
Lexus RX
697
711
-2.0%
8,147
7,063
15.3%
T3
BMW X5
636
422
50.7%
6,942
5,381
29.0%
T3
Audi Q5
636
633
0.5%
8,313
8,203
1.3%
#5
Acura RDX
601
467
28.7%
8,047
7,380
9.0%
#6
BMW X1
567
255
122%
5,205
2,942
76.9%
#7
Cadillac Escalade
505
144
251%
2,835
2,085
36.0%
#7.1
Cadillac Escalade *
315
114
176%
1,783
1,612
10.6%
#7.2
Cadillac Escalade ESV *
190
30
533%
1,052
473
122%
#8
Lexus NX
501
383
30.8%
6,295
6,127
2.7%
#9
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class & GLK-Class
487
587
-17.0%
4,774
5,304
-10.0%
#10
BMW X3
475
320
48.4%
5,417
4,527
19.7%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
434
457
-5.0%
7,281
6,008
21.2%
#12
Cadillac XT5
421
---
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2,789
---
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#13
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
414
294
40.8%
3,151
2,680
17.6%
#14
Acura MDX
405
552
-26.6%
5,425
5,814
-6.7%
#15
BMW 4-Series
386
311
24.1%
4,765
4,942
-3.6%
For the purposes of the above list, premium brands include Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo. Brands like Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Lotus don't report specific monthly sales data.

Rank
Vehicles With Base
Prices Above $50K
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016 2015 %
Change
#1
Lexus RX
697
711
-2.0%
8,147
7,063
15.3%
#2
BMW X5
636
422
50.7%
6,942
5,381
29.0%
#3
Cadillac Escalade
505
144
251%
2,835
2,085
36.0%
#3.1
Cadillac Escalade *
315
114
176%
1,783
1,612
10.6%
#3.2
Cadillac Escalade ESV *
190
30
533%
1,052
473
122%
#4
Ford Expedition
453
261
73.6%
3,729
2,282
63.4%
#5
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 
& M-Class
434
457
-5.0%
7,281
6,008
21.2%
#6
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
414
294
40.8%
3,151
2,680
17.6%
#7
Acura MDX
405
552
-26.6%
5,425
5,814
-6.7%
#8
Volvo XC90
239
94
154%
2,951
957
208%
#9
Audi Q7
216
21
929%
4,335
1,658
162%
#10
Porsche Macan
213
146
45.9%
2,800
2,121
32.0%
#11
Porsche Cayenne
211
175
20.6%
2,325
2,389
-2.7%
#12
Chevrolet Suburban
200
135
48.1%
2,173
1,354
60.5%
#13
BMW 5-Series
194
225
-13.8%
2,019
1,996
1.2%
#14
GMC Yukon XL
186
183
1.6%
2,604
1,579
64.9%
#15
Jaguar F-Pace
180
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1,289
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Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* 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 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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