Lexus sold the most premium cars in the U.S. in August for a second straight monthly win and narrowing the gap with BMW. Lexus’ sales rose 2.1 percent from a year earlier to 33,487. The sales were aided by the new NX SUV – 4,448 units. Lexus has gained 12 percent to 222,151 units sold so far in 2015.
For August, BMW said sales climbed 2 percent to 27,775, led by a 24 percent surge for the 3 Series. For the year, BMW’s sales have increased 5.9 percent to 223,348.
Mercedes reported a 4.8 percent gain to 28,373, with a 39 percent jump for the C-Class car. Mercedes is up 7.3 percent for the year to 220,870.
Audi’s sales jumped 9.9 percent to 18,794. The monthly increase, Audi’s 56th in a row, included gains of 31 percent for the entry-level A3 and 34 percent for the Q5 SUV. For the year, Audi is up 12 percent to 130,063.
BMW has a lead over Lexus of 1,197 units sold for year-to-date.