With a huge uptick in BMW X5 volume, the January 2014 growth among larger, so-called “midsize” luxury SUVs and crossovers was far more significant than the growth experienced by their smaller brethren – RDX, Q5, X1, X3, QX50, LR2, Evoque, GLK, and XC60 – sales of which grew 4.3% last month.
The X5 was certainly not the only higher-priced luxury utility vehicle to produce a big increase, although its 128% jump was certainly the biggest from a purely volume perspective. (Lexus GX460 sales were up 131%.) Acura MDX sales rose 38%, the Infiniti QX60 was up 85%, Land Rover LR4 sales nearly doubled, Range Rover Sport sales did double. Two Lincolns and one Porsche all generated significant increases, as well.
Ranked 20th among all utility vehicles regardless of brand status, the X5 was the top-selling premium brand utility vehicle in Canada in January 2014. The big BMW was followed closely by the 20th-ranked Audi Q5 and 21st-ranked Lexus RX. And by closely, we do mean closely: only four sales separated the trio.
In part because BMW’s car sales fell 27%, utility vehicles – BMW’s four X models – accounted for 57% of BMW brand sales in Canada in January 2014, BMW Canada’s best January ever.
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How popular was the X5? Land Rover sales rose 38% to 468 units; Land Rover sales more than tripled compared with January 2011’s total. Yet BMW sold 441 X5s, not to mention the 510 other X-branded BMWs.
It’s not as though the X5 is value-priced. The basic MSRP is $62,990 and pricing for the X5 M is just a hair under $100K. But it’s currently selling a lot better than the family-sized SUVs produced by many volume manufacturers. In January 2014, the X5 outsold the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick Enclave.
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 small and midsize luxury SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.