Canada’s Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series-controlled midsize luxury segment has suffered this year from the loss of many Cadillac CTS sales and because of the declines reported by those leading nameplates. And the declines reported by many of their rivals.
November 2013’s story was different, however, as the E-Class (and the CLS with which its sales are combined) jumped 60% and 5-Series sales shot up 47%. Even the CTS, long in replacement phase, reversed its downward trend.
Less meaningful gains were reported by the Acura RLX, Audi A6, and Audi A7. Jaguar XF sales rose by 42 units – the XF accounts for 47% of Jaguar’s year-to-date sales tally; 60% of Jaguar’s November total.
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Of course, these are not Canada’s top-selling premium brand cars. Less costly cars like the chart-topping BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class lead the way. Lexus’s IS outsold the ES and GS combined. For every Infiniti M sold, Infiniti sold 16 Q50s, Q60s, and G sedans. The Volvo S60 was 35 times more popular than the Volvo S80.
After looking for much of 2012 like it would end the year as Canada’s top-selling premium brand automobile, the Mercedes-Benz made way for the BMW 3-Series in the final quarter. It’s never been in contention in 2013, but the redesigned Mercedes-Benz showed off this week (pictured), the C-Class we’ll be able to buy lease later next year, looks like a winner. Or at least the kind of car that will be able to hold onto second spot.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canadian auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank luxury cars any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.