After November 2018 sales reports, Mercedes-Benz continues to lead in the U.S. luxury cars race, ahead of BMW and Lexus. The Stuttgart-based automaker posted an increase of 0.6 percent in November, for a total of 31,022 vehicles. Sales by BMW inched 1 percent higher to 28,330 vehicles in November. Lexus sales fell 2.5 percent to 26,446. Audi’s deliveries fell 11 percent to 17,082 units.
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Porsche Cars North America reported November U.S. sales of 5,673 vehicles, a 2.1 percent uptick from the same time last year. Retail sales for the first 11 months climbed 3.1 percent to 53,116.
Year to date, Mercedes has sold 283,943 luxury vehicles, down 6 percent from the same period a year ago. In comparison, BMW reported sales of 276,657 vehicles for the first 11 months, up 1.9 percent. Lexus volume for the year has dropped 2.6 percent to 262,786. Audi has risen 0.5 percent to 200,558 deliveries.
With just a month to go, Mercedes seems to have locked the first place in the luxury cars sales race.
Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in November included the GLC, C-class and E-class.
The bread and butter for BMW continues to the its crossovers lineup which accounted for 56 percent of November sales. The X3 was the top-selling BMW model in the U.S. for the ninth consecutive month.
BMW plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles accounted for 7.7 percent of U.S. sales, a total of 2,314 in November.