After taking a month off in June, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was back on top of Canada’s luxury car standings in July 2012. Outselling the BMW 3-Series by 136 units, the C-Class propelled forward at a 45% clip from 557 sales at this time last year

3-Series sales slid 29%, enough to endanger its position as the top-selling BMW. The X1 was only 52 sales behind the almighty 3-Series in July.

Given that some onlookers question Acura’s premium brand, the inclusion of the Civic-based ILX will certainly irk a certain reader subset, particularly when GoodCarBadCar continues to disallow Buick. (GM dealers with whom I speak say the Verano is being cross-shopped with the Cruze, not the TSX. More importantly, Buick’s image remains tainted, as the very non-premium Century, for example, still casts a mainstream shadow. This doesn’t mean the Regal isn’t the most stunning sedan on sale today.) Regardless, if it’s eligible, the ILX was Canada’s 16th-best-selling premium brand vehicle in July, easily outselling small premium players like the BMW 1-Series, Audi A3, Volvo C30, and Lexus CT200h. And what factor will work best to make the ILX memorable? Uh… Acura uses great music in their ads.

Canada July 2012 luxury auto brand market share chart
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Seven of the ten best-selling luxury vehicles in Canada were utility vehicles, generally of the smaller variety. The top-selling U.S.-branded premium vehicle was the 11th-ranked Lincoln MKX; Cadillac doesn’t appear until the 19th position. 

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for the MKX, the SRX, the other 28 luxury vehicles on this list, and every other vehicle currently on sale in Canada can be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or near the top right of this page. The U.S. version of this top 30 should be viewed here. Other pertinent best seller links are clickable at the bottom of this post. Click the accompanying chart for a look at luxury brand market share in July. Below, you’ll find detailed July 2012 and year-to-date sales figures for Canada’s 30 best-selling luxury vehicles.

Rank
Luxury Vehicle
July 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
807 + 44.9% 6605 + 27.6%
#2
BMW 3-Series
671 – 28.8% 5822 – 15.8%
#3
BMW X1
619 + 73.9% 3716 + 206%
#4
Lexus RX
558 + 35.8% 3889 + 3.4%
#5
Audi A4
503 + 43.7% 3539 + 5.3%
#6
Acura RDX
470 + 74.1% 2556 + 70.5%
#7
BMW X3
463 + 42.9% 2493 – 3.7%
#8
Audi Q5
437 + 45.2% 3342 + 24.0%
#9
Acura MDX
413 + 7.3% 2921 + 4.7%
#10
Mercedes-Benz GLK
386 – 19.2% 3069 – 3.2%
#11
Lincoln MKX
372 + 8.1% 2300 – 4.1%
#12
Mercedes-Benz 
E-Class & CLS-Class
342 + 43.1% 2510 + 19.0%
#13
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
335 + 80.1% 3577 + 96.6%
#14
Acura TL
304 + 66.1% 2030 + 37.5%
#15
Infiniti JX35
295 —– 1130 —–
#16
Acura ILX
285 —– 446 —–
#17
BMW X5
280 – 1.8% 2115 – 3.2%
#18
Audi A5
272 + 32.7% 1182 – 13.2%
#19
Cadillac SRX
254 + 3.3% 1709 – 8.5%
#20
BMW 5-Series
175 + 5.4% 1663 + 0.7%
#21
Volvo XC60
162 + 3.2% 1196 + 2.9%
#22
Infiniti G
155 – 49.5% 2027 – 1.8%
#23
Cadillac CTS
152 – 29.3% 1488 – 24.8%
#24
Lexus IS
146 – 28.1% 1215 – 2.9%
#25
Volvo S60
141 + 18.5% 1078 + 24.2%
#26
Infiniti EX
135 – 11.8% 712 – 14.4%
#27
Mercedes-Benz 
GL-Class & G-Class
126 + 43.2% 1062 + 18.8%
#28
Lexus GS
124 + 1450% 597 + 628%
#29
Volkswagen Touareg
118 – 10.6% 1025 – 0.4%
#30
BMW 1-Series
117 – 16.4% 737 – 31.9%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC
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