Mercedes-Benz outsold BMW and Leuxs in the U.S. in May, thanks to continued demand for its sport utility vehicles. Deliveries of Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks slid 1 percent from a year earlier to 29,299, but the Bavarians posted a 64 percent gain for its GLC and GLK SUVs. BMW’s sales in the U.S. in May were down 6.4 percent to 29,017 and Lexus’ sales declined 10 percent to 26,682.
SUV sales continue to be a bright spot for Mercedes and Lexus with the new GL and GLS models posting a 45 percent increase in May. Lexus reported a 3.4 percent increase for its SUVs. Sales of BMW’s trucks fell 6 percent.
Mercedes expanded its U.S. luxury sales lead through the year’s first five months to more than 8,500 vehicles over Lexus. BMW remains in third.
Audi’s sales were up 1.6 percent to 18,728 units.
Jaguar was up 80 percent, to 2,164, thanks to first U.S. sales last month of the F-Pace crossover and the XE compact sedan.
Porsche’s sales increased 7.3 percent to 4,578 units.