The Lexus RX was Canada’s luxury leader in December 2015. After a 14% year-over-year decline through the first 11 months of 2015, RX volume jumped 25% to 711 units in December as the fourth-generation RX came fully on stream.
Canada’s passenger car market struggled in December, with a 14% year-over-year drop equal to 7000 fewer sales. This loss was keenly felt among the top-selling luxury cars, as well.
The C-Class, 3-Series, ATS, A4, and TLX – the only cars on this list of December’s top-selling premium brand cars in Canada – all posted significant sales declines.
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Among the 15 most popular $50K+ vehicles, only four cars made the cut. Though none of those cars posted fewer December sales in 2015 than in 2014, none cracked the top seven.
Each of Canada’s most popular $50K+ vehicles were outsold by the Lexus RX, Acura MDX, Mercedes-Benz ML/GLE, BMW X5, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Mercedes-Benz GL, and Ford Expedition.
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. 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.
* A4 sales include sales of the unreported Allroad.
^ Mercedes-Benz Canada’s figures combine the E-Class with the CLS.$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.