With its second-best sales month of the year, Canadians registered 44% more new Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans (and CL-Class Coupes) in August 2012 than in the same period of last year. The S-Class, and its CL-Class coupe sibling, are easily outselling all rivals in Canada this year.
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In 2010, the Benz duo outsold the second-ranked (sedan-only) BMW 7-Series by 22 units. In 2011, that lead expanded to 212 units.
Through eight months, the S and CL have outsold the Audi A8, Jaguar XJ, and Lexus LS combined. Lexus has only sold five LS hybrids this year. None of those LS500hL sales occurred in August 2012.
While 99.65% of Canadian automobile buyers didn’t choose a mainstream brand’s large sport-utility vehicle in August, the luxury alternatives were relatively hot sellers. The Infiniti QX56 sold more often than the Nissan Armada. Cadillac sold as many regular-wheelbase Escalades as Chevrolet sold Suburbans. And the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (and its ultra-niche G-Class sibling) outsold the best-selling mainstream brand jumbo SUV, GMC’s Yukon, by six units.
Canada’s auto industry collectively recorded a 6.4% improvement in total volume compared with August 2011. The large SUV market couldn’t keep the pace. Its August increase, fueled exclusively by the Yukon and Yukon XL, measured just 5.7%. Meanwhile Canada’s premium brands produced a large luxury SUV volume gain of 30.1%
Want to go back in time? As always, historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any vehicle currently marketed in North America can be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or, for non-mobile users, near the top right of this page. But we’ve added links in the tables below which will take you directly to each vehicle’s sales page. Just click the model name. That’ll save you a couple steps.
After the jump you’ll find detailed sales info on 12 large luxury vehicles. The least expensive point of entry? The Lincoln Navigator is currently rebated to $69,084. Mercedes-Benz’s diesel-powered GL350 BlueTec starts at $73,700. A GM rebate on the Cadillac Escalade EXT – which is also listed with trucks here – drops its price to $73,210. And the Infiniti QX56’s actual base price is a relatively low $73,200.