Bmw to hold on to its position as U.S. luxury sales leader with the new 3-Series

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 22, 2012

BMW took the top position in the U.S. luxury car market last year and to make sure that it keeps the title this year, its new entry-level 3-Series sedan is set to be released in U.S. showrooms in the weekend. BMW, the largest premium automaker, faces competition from Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz, General Motors Co.'s Cadillac and Volkswagen AG's Audi.

BMW was able to outperform Mercedes in 2011 largely due to the success of the 3-Series, which was first presented in 1975. BMW also credited the 3-Series for having wrestled the U.S. luxury crown away from Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus.

The new 3- Series, which has more power yet greater gas mileage than previous versions, will be competing with several competing entry-level luxury sedans. Ludwig Willisch, the CEO of BMW North America, said that ever since the release of its highly successful 3-Series, the automaker has been “hunted” by rivals. The new 3-Series makes its debut as Mercedes is hoping to do better than BMW.

Last month, Mercedes was the top-selling U.S. luxury brand with sales rising 24% to 20,306 while BMW had a 3.1% increase to 16,405. Lexus, which was no. 1 for 11 years until 2011, is aiming to raise U.S. sales by over 25% this year to 250,000.

Mercedes began to sell an updated C-Class sedan in September that ended the year with an 11% increase, surpassing the 3- Series sedan with just 500 units higher. Audi intends to release an updated A4 sometime middle of the year. Furthermore, GM's Cadillac will release the ATS in the first quarter. This would be Cadillac’s first compact luxury car in about 25 years.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Nearly a decade after Opel and sister brand Vauxhall introduced the Insignia large family car, these companies are now getting ready to unveil the second generation of this offering from...
by - December 7, 2016
After we caught a glimpse of the revamped Amarok, VW Australia once again wants to give its ute a sinister look inspired by the Mad Max movie franchise. The “Korama”...
by - December 7, 2016
Customers in the European market are known for leaning towards style and with this in mind, Nissan has revealed the special LEAF Black Edition. While the production run of this...
by - December 7, 2016
When Volkswagen unveiled the VW Atlas, it declared that this SUV is being developed for the United States and is set to arrive as a 2018 model. It also unveiled...
by - December 7, 2016
Did you miss the opportunity to get a brand new Dodge Viper? Well, here’s something you don’t want to miss. Dodge has announced a “final call” for orders for its...
by - December 6, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries