But it hasn’t been a great start to the year for the C-Class, sales of which are down 21% through the first five months of 2016. Moreover, May wasn’t a strong month for luxury car sales. And the beginning of 2016 has proven that the rate at which consumers are fleeing luxury cars in favour of luxury SUVs/crossovers is more rapid than expected.
The overwhelming majority of premium brand cars posted fewer sales in May 2016 than May 2015. Canadian sales of the Acura TLX, BMW 3-Series/4-Series, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS/RC, Volvo S60/V60, all reported double-digit percentage losses.
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Their bigger brethren – Acura RLX, Audi A7, Cadillac CTS, Infiniti Q70, Lexus ES, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and others – posted equally devastating losses in May 2016. Meanwhile, at Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, where premium brand sales are highest, May SUV/crossover volume was up 28%, 27%, and 7%, respectively.
Wonder if there’s a connection.
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.