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With its best Canadian sales month yet, the BMW X1 spoiled the 2013 Acura RDX’s May 2012 sales party, during which the RDX outsold all other smallerish luxury SUVs and crossovers.

May 2012 Canada small luxury SUV sales chart
May 2012 Small Luxury SUV Sales Chart
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Besides the X1, the Lexus RX and Acura MDX both sold more frequently than the Acura RDX, as well. Canadians can currently lease an MDX for 48 months at a low rate of just 0.5%. The Lexus RX350’s base price is $7740 cheaper than the base price of an MDX.

Including the X1, RX, MDX, GLK, Q5, M-Class, and X3, 34 SUVs and crossovers sold more frequently than the RDX in the first five months of 2012. This is no discredit to the recently-replaced RDX, but it does highlight the low-volume nature of luxury utility vehicles in Canada. That said, the SUVs and crossovers you see in the accompanying charts (which you can click for a larger view) accounted for 4.3% of the 175,525 new vehicle sales in Canada in May 2012. 

The same group, as yet still missing the X1, was responsible for 4% of the 1.3 million new vehicle sales in America in May 2012. Excluding the not-yet-for-sale-in-America X1, the other 26 luxury utilities shown in these charts and tables were responsible for 3.9% of Canada’s auto sales volume in May 2012.

May 2012 Midsize Luxury SUV sales chart
May 2012 Midsize Luxury SUV Sales Chart

Even in that similar market share tally we find significant differences in the two markets, however. The generally smaller and/or/or/and less expensive luxury utilities found in the first table after the jump, all ten of them, found 3619 buyers in May. The second table lists 17 vehicles but barely any more sales, just 3910. In the United States, the group of 17 bigger and/or/or/and luxury utilities sold more than twice as often as the X1-lacking group of nine. 

The Canadian/U.S. sales comparisons are interesting but rather inconsequential. Nevertheless, GoodCarBadCar’s database of historical monthly and yearly sales figures for every automobile currently on sale in North America lists Canadian and U.S. data side-by-side. You can access that database through the dropdown menu at the top right of this page or at GCBC’s Sales Stats home. Click past the jump for a closer look at May 2012 and year-to-date sales figures for luxury SUVs in Canada. Their bigger brethren were profiled last week.

Small
Luxury SUV
May 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Acura RDX
594
+ 176% 1532 + 49.8%
Audi Q5
518
+ 63.9% 2508 + 25.1%
BMW X1
755
+ 153% 2480 + 515%
BMW X3
551
+ 12.4% 1571 – 15.4%
Cadillac SRX
273
– 2.5% 1159 – 7.4%
Infiniti EX35
99
+ 4.2% 474 – 8.1%
Land Rover LR2
16
– 30.4% 148 – 12.9%
Land Rover 
Range Rover Evoque
101
—– 639 —–
Mercedes-Benz GLK
493
– 20.1% 2138 + 2.2%
Volvo XC60
219
+ 25.1% 836 + 7.2%

Midsize Luxury SUV
May 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Acura MDX
625
+ 60.7% 2120 + 10.2%
Acura ZDX
8
– 20.0% 63 + 28.6%
Audi Q7
143
+ 5.1% 723 + 7.6%
BMW X5
332
+ 10.7% 1507 – 0.7%
BMW X6
96
+ 3.2% 340 – 20.6%
Infiniti FX
58
+ 7.4% 329 + 5.4%
Infiniti JX35
398
—– 483 —–
Land Rover LR4
43
– 24.6% 228 – 16.5%
Land Rover
Range Rover Sport
162
+ 27.6% 652 + 14.2%
Lexus GX460
26
– 31.6% 137 – 29.4%
Lexus RX
660
+ 34.7% 2637 – 9.6%
Lincoln MKT
38
– 17.4% 166 – 21.0%
Lincoln MKX
471
+ 61.3% 1514 – 10.8%
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
475
+ 49.8% 2728 + 100%
Porsche Cayenne
131
– 12.1% 597 – 4.5%
Volkswagen Touareg
199
+ 22.8% 734 + 0.1%
Volvo XC90
45
– 48.9% 263 – 7.1%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC

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