The BMW brand posted a 45-percent increase in sales in the United States in November 2012 to 31,213 vehicles, boosted by a 64-percent jump in sales for the BMW 5-series sedan. This allowed the BMW core brand to whittle down Mercedes-Benz's lead in luxury-auto sales for 2012 to 1,849 vehicles, from 2,748 at the end of October.
The Mercedes brand logged a 13-percent increase in sales in US sales to 30,315 vehicles, boosted by a 59-percent increase in sales for the E-class sedan at 8,126 units. On the other hand, Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus luxury brand posted a 17-percent increase in sales in November to 22,719. For the first 11 months of 2012, Mercedes posted a 12-percent hike in US sales to 245,910 units.
BMW, meanwhile, logged 10-percent jump to 244,061 units in the same period. Lexus, on its part, recorded a 23-percent gain in US sales for the January-November 2012 period to 213,559 vehicles. The sales results, however, don't include Daimler's cargo vans and Smart cars and BMW's Mini brand, since they are not luxury vehicles.
The narrow gap between BMW and Mercedes means that both German carmakers entered the final month of 2012, racing to become the top-selling luxury auto brand in the US. Lexus had been the top luxury auto brand in the US for 11 straight years until 2011, when the crown was wrestled by BMW. Lexus’ downfall from the top was caused by vehicle shortages due to natural disasters in Asia. In 2011, the BMW brand outsold Mercedes-branded vehicles in US by 2,715 vehicles.