Canadian sales of small luxury SUVs and crossovers jumped 26% to 5491 units in March 2016 and rose 20% to more than 12,000 units in the first-quarter of 2016.
The small, entry-level German trio – Q3, X1, GLA-Class – improved their share of the overall “small premium” sector by five percentage points to 23% during 2016’s first three months. All three entry-level rivals are selling far more often this year than last. Mercedes-Benz’s March was the GLA’s second-best month yet.
Since inception, a 19-month period, Mercedes-Benz Canada has sold 5799 GLA crossovers. The Audi Q3 generated 5994 Canadian sales in its first 20 months on the market. BMW’s X1, now in its second-generation, arrived in Canada in 2011 and has attracted 17,233 sales so far.
Their slightly larger brethren typically remain far more popular.
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At Audi, the Q5 was Canada’s best-selling premium utility vehicle last year – Q5 sales are up 10% in early 2016. BMW’s X3 and X4 are up 19% to 1414 units so far this year. The Mercedes-Benz GLC, taking over from the GLK, is only just getting going, but it’s difficult to see the GLA continuing to outperform its big brother.
And certainly not its much bigger GLE-Class brother. In 2016’s first three months, sales of the M-Class-replacing GLE are up 47% to 1927 units, tops among premium brand utility vehicles.
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 sortable, so you can rank 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.