The premium car sales for the U.S. market are in and the head-to-head race between BMW and Mercedes-Benz race continues. BMW brand sales rose 13 percent in July to 24,043, while Mercedes reported a gain of 23 percent from a year earlier to 23,648.
BMW’s numbers were aided by the 3 Series and X5 sales, while Mercedes reports a significant increase in sales for the C-Class and M-Class vehicle. BMW 3 Series surged 29 percent to 9,890, helped by the new 320i. BMW’s X5 climbed 17 percent to 2,674. Mercedes was led by gains of 34 percent to 7,604 for the C-Class sedan and 73 percent to 3,092 for the M-Class SUV.
Mercedes sales for the year through July gained 12 percent to 165,598, Stuttgart, Germany-based Daimler said yesterday. BMW’s deliveries for the period rose 11 percent to 164,474.
The July 2013 results trim Mercedes’s lead this year to 1,124 vehicles.
Lexus posted a 26 percent increase to 23,031. The Japanese automaker gained 12 percent to 141,446 vehicles this year through July.
Cadillac luxury-brand deliveries rose 17 percent last month to 15,65. Through July, Cadillac sales climbed 30 percent to 99,331.
Audi brand rose 12 percent to 13,064 while sales through July rose 14 percent to 87,341 units.
Porsche posted a 36 percent gain in July to 3,820 vehicles.
Infiniti slid 33 percent to 7,762.