Red indicates a downward trend. Sales of the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg, BMW X5 and X3, and Audi Q5 were all lower in November 2010 than they were in November 2009. But don’t take more information from the red front than y’ought to. Sales of the two BMWs are up through the first eleven months of 2010. Audi Q5 sales are up about 63% in 2010. And Volkswagen’s SUV duo has posted an combined increase of 51.4% in 2010, although the Touareg by itself is off 20.6%. What’s more important for the Audi Q5 and Volkswagen Touareg is the northward arrow in the status column of the chart below. This means they’re in a higher spot this month than they were in October 2010.
Yet the most obvious story from Canada’s list of the Top 10 best-selling European SUVs in November 2010 must be Mercedes-Benz. With nearly 1100 Canadian SUV sales in November, Mercedes-Benz Canada’s SUV trio more than doubled Volvo’s overall total of 497 car and SUV sales, nearly quadrupled Jaguar/Land Rover’s overall sales tally, and easily out-sold all of Audi and all of Infiniti. This discounts the effect Mercedes-Benz had on the Canadian market with its cars, some of which are really quite popular.
Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz division sold 26,577 vehicles in Canada through the first eleven months of 2010. BMW was 1627 sales behind while Toyota’s Lexus total was only about half what Mercedes-Benz had by November 30th. (Acura was ahead of Lexus by 2154 sales at the end of last month.) Take away Mercedes-Benz cars and its SUV quartet – don’t forget the Mercedes-Benz G-Class – trails all of Lexus by just 3358 sales this year.
The GLK was a success last year when its 11-month sales total topped 4600. This year, sales of the GLK are up 16%. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 starts at $41,300, $100 more than the Audi Q5 and $600 less than the all-new 2011 BMW X3.