What BMW Canada didn’t do much of with the 3-Series in 2012 was increase its share of the market. While Canadians registered 5.7% more new vehicles in 2012 than in 2011, 3-Series sales rose by only eight units. Mercedes-Benz C-Class volume, on the other hand, grew 12%. Sales of the Audi A4, which includes the new Allroad, jumped 12%, as well. Audi also posted measurable gains with the A3, A6, A7, and A8, as well as with the company’s best-selling Q5 and the selling-better-than-ever Q7.
December 2012 Small/Entry
Luxury Car Sales Chart
Combined, the Cadillac CTS and ATS sold 2346 times in Canada in 2012. The CTS found 3048 buyers in Canada in 2011. The Infiniti G ended 2012 as Canada’s favourite Infiniti, but that’s only because the JX35 has only been on sale since April: the three-row utility has been the better-selling Infiniti since then. The new Q50 should fix this trend.
2012 was the worst Lexus IS sales year since 2005, when only 861 were sold. 3.6% of the IS sedans sold in Canada in 2012 were 5.0L V8-engined F models.
Elsewhere at Lexus, the ES was clearly the dominant passenger car for the brand. Nearly 35% of all Lexus car sales stemmed from the ES – 329 of those 2535 sales came about as a result of the nameplate’s new hybrid, the ES300h. Lexus sold 2879 hybrids in Canada in 2012. 26% of them were RX hybrids. (The Toyota brand sold 14,595 hybrids, up 250% from 4170 in 2011 with help from the introduction of the Prius C, a full year of Prius V sales, and a fully available second-generation Camry Hybrid.)
December 2012 Midsize
Luxury Car Sales Chart
The Lexus ES’s 34% increase was not enough to make it Canada’s favourite midsize Japanese premium sedan. Acura TL sales improved by 94 units to 3323, 788 sales better than what Lexus managed with the ES. Infiniti hasn’t managed to sell more than 1000 copies of its M sedan to Canadians since the first two full years in which it was on sale. M sales reached a three-year low in 2012.
As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for these cars and any other vehicle by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or by clicking the model name in the table below. Fortunately, the table is now sortable. Click the column headers in the tables to sort by December 2012 volume or 2012 year end volume or re-sort alphabetically.