With a record month in June, BMW has widened its lead over Mercedes-Benz during the first six months of 2014.
In June, BMW sold 30,201 vehicles, a 12 percent increase, helped by the 5 Series sedan, which surged 77 percent to 7,940 deliveries. The Stuttgart-based Mercedes reported 26,505 units sold in June, a 9 percent increase, helped by a 25 percent gain to 6,500 for the E-class sedan.
For the first half, the BMW brand sold 157,382 vehicles in the U.S. — up 12 percent — for a lead of 5,758 over Mercedes, which reported 151,624 deliveries.
Lexus brand posted a June increase of 10 percent to 23,518. For the year, sales have risen 17 percent to 138,689.
Audi’s U.S. sales climbed 23 percent for its best June ever, total deliveries rose to 16,867, including 2,452 A3s.
Audi posted its 42nd straight monthly sales record, reaching first-half deliveries of 84,349 cars and SUVs.
GM’s Cadillac reported a 0.1 percent increase to 13,941, with advances of 19 percent to 4,652 for the SRX SUV and 84 percent to 1,907 for the Escalade SUV. Sales of the ATS sedan fell 32 percent to 2,358.