2012 BMW 328i sedan

Four of Canada’s five most popular luxury vehicles in March 2012 are direct rivals. The Mercedes-Benz squeaked out a victory over the BMW 3-Series, a car which had little trouble conquering the fast-rising Audi A4, a German which beat the Infiniti G by 169 sales.

Further down the list, the 11th-ranked Cadillac CTS helped prove that, if there’s any segment that can do battle with top flight premium SUVs, it’s this group of entry-lux sports sedans. The 16th-ranked Acura TL costs $3600 more than a basic 3-Series but isn’t as overtly geared toward enthusiasts. The 20th-ranked Volvo S60 tells a similar story. Two spots down the list sits the Lexus IS. There was one Lexus ISF sold in March along with 31 IS convertibles.

Not including obviously premium mainstream-badged cars like the Hyundai Equus and Volkswagen Touareg, there were approximately 13,800 luxury vehicles sold in Canada in March 2012. Nearly a quarter of those sales stemmed from the leading entry-luxury quartet: Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class, the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, and Infiniti G. In each of those four cases, compared with March 2011 and the first quarter of 2011, sales are up. 

Throw in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (and its four-door coupe CLS sibling), BMW 5-Series, Audi A5, Lexus CT200h, Lexus ES350, Audi A3, and Lexus GS and you’ll see that passenger cars accounted for exactly half of the nameplates on this list of Canada’s 30 best-selling luxury vehicles. No premium SUV was as popular as the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, sales of which jumped 78% in March and doubled in Q1. Monthly and yearly sales figures for all 30 of these premium automobiles and more than 200 others can be accessed through the dropdown menu at the top right of this page.

Rank
Luxury Vehicle
March 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz 
C-Class
1098 + 1.5% 2419 + 15.7%
#2
BMW 3-Series
1008 + 5.3% 2229 + 5.8%
#3
Audi A4
744 + 30.1% 1578 + 17.8%
#4
Mercedes-Benz
M-Class
630 + 78.0% 1716 + 103%
#5
Infiniti G
575 + 20.8% 1159 + 36.2%
#6
Mercedes-Benz GLK
537 + 11.2% 1209 + 18.6%
#7
Lexus RX
490 – 28.2% 1386 – 13.3%
#8
Mercedes-Benz
CLS & E-Class
466 + 16.8% 876 + 15.6%
#9
BMW X1
460 —– 1138 —–
#10
Audi Q5
429 – 10.4% 1436 + 11.7%
#11
Cadillac CTS
379 – 4.5% 722 – 7.9%
#12
Acura MDX
370 – 29.0% 973 – 8.0%
#13
Lincoln MKX
340 – 43.0% 779 – 29.4%
#14
BMW X5
333 + 12.9% 850 – 4.2%
#15
BMW 5-Series
324 – 15.0% 594 – 20.2%
#16
Acura TL
270 – 7.8% 829 + 41.7%
T17
BMW X3
266 – 23.6% 708 – 21.1%
T17
Cadillac SRX
266 – 10.4% 621 – 7.3%
#19
Audi A5
218 + 9.0% 448 – 5.5%
#20
Volvo XC60
212 + 6.0% 418 – 0.7%
#21
Volvo S60
192 + 69.9% 382 + 49.2%
#22
Lexus CT200h
190 – 14.0% 376 + 70.1%
#23
Lexus IS
189 + 0.5% 424 – 7.0%
#24
Lexus ES350
164 – 8.4% 338 – 9.6%
#25
Land Rover 
Range Rover Sport
162 + 11.7% 369 + 11.8%
#26
Audi A3
156 + 92.6% 378 + 66.5%
#27
Land Rover
Range Rover Evoque
155 —– 402 —–
#28
Lexus GS
145 + 867% 218 + 396%
#29
Infiniti EX35
144 – 11.1% 274 – 13.8%
#30
Audi Q7
136 + 18.3% 382 + 14.0%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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