The Mercedes-Benz C-Class stole the BMW 3-Series’ perennial crown with a 42% year-over-year Canadian sales increase in 2015. With 9992 sales, the C-Class reported its best year since 2012 and outsold the 3-Series by 402 units.
Keep in mind, 3-Series sales include the sedan, wagon, and 5-door hatchback. C-Class sales include a sedan and coupe. Sales of the 3-Series’ coupe, convertible, and another 5-door hatchback operate under the 4-Series banner, and the 4-Series was up 42.5% to 4942 units, enough to rank 13th on the list.
Of the 15 top-selling premium brand vehicles in Canada in 2015, 10 were utility vehicles. The Audi Q5 led all luxury SUVs/crossovers with 4% growth to 8203 sales, 823 more than the Acura RDX managed.
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There were two BMW SAVs in the top 15, two Mercedes-Benz utilities, one Cadillac, two Lexus crossovers, two Acura CUVs, and the aforementioned Acura.
The list of vehicles with base prices above $50,000 is even more SUV/CUV-centric, with 12 of 15 candidates coming from the utility vehicle side of the industry, including the top-ranked Lexus RX.
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.
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. Bentley and Maserati only report brand totals. Buick has been excluded with a bunch of other automakers that don’t sell vehicles with base prices higher than $45K.
Vehicles With Base Prices Above $50,000
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class ^
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Cadillac Escalade *
Cadillac Escalade ESV *
Cadillac Escalade EXT *
Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada & ANDC Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales * A4 sales include sales of the unreported Allroad ^ Mercedes-Benz’s sales figures for the E-Class include the CLS-Class.
$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 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 at $35,900, as would be the case with the BMW 320i, which costs less than a Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T Limited.