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Mercedes-Benz keeps crown as top luxury brand in the US in 2017

As the year 2017 comes to an end, the race for luxury sales has also reached a remarkable finish. This has always been a highly contended segment in the United States with each automaker making various daring attempts to elbow each other out. Well, we’re here to report that it seems like Mercedes-Benz will be taking the crown home for the second year in a row.

Last month, Bloomberg reported that Mercedes-Benz has delivered a total number of 302,043 units in 2017. And that number is mostly comprised of their strong sellers including the C-Class, GLC, and the GLE. That’s not all, because the Mercedes-AMG alone was doing so well too. In fact, sales were up by 49.6% in 2017, adding up to a total of 30,116 units. There is also the entry-level 43 lineup that is a lot cheaper than the pure AMG models.

According to reports, Mercedes-Benz has been doing very well with their SUVs. This could be because their offerings have become more practical.

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Shortlisted customer for Mercedes-AMG Project One is selling build spot for $5.22 million

Demand for the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar is so high that people had been lining up to get a piece of this 1,000-hp-plus road machine even before Mercedes has commenced its production. Mercedes has placed the production cap at just 275 examples. In fact, the AMG Project One is practically sold out. Thus, those included in the shortlist of customers for the new AMG Project One could be considered as having a great amount of luck.

It turns out that one of those in the shortlist is trying to transform such luck into fortunes. Of course, with a price tag of around $2.7 million, the AMG Project One is reserved for the rich and affluent. Aside from taking into possession a one-of-a-kind hypercar laden with Formula One technologies, future owners would be getting their hands on one of the most exclusive and limited supercars in the market. This person in question doesn’t seem to like the prestige that comes with owning an example of the AMG Project One. But instead of just giving it away, he or she is selling his/her spot on the shortlist, as advertised on the German marketplace Mobile.de

It goes without saying that there would be people willing to take up this person’s offer. Getting into the shortlist of buyers for the new AMG Project One would be like hitting the jackpot. Even if this person is offering to sell his or her build slot for $5.22 million (€4.51 million) –– or nearly twice the price of an actual AMG Project One -- there would still be people who would ink a deal.

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Mercedes-Benz stays on top of US luxury car sales in the first nine months of 2017

With three more months to go before the year ends, three premium auto companies are jousting their way up to see which of them could claim the crown as the best-selling luxury carmaker in the United States for 2017 – Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.

Mercedes-Benz managed to hold on to the US No. 1 spot after nine months of sales. From January to September, Mercedes delivered 242,250 luxury vehicles, excluding its vans and smart-branded models. This figure represents a 2.8-percent year-on-year drop in sales compared to the first nine months of 2016, when Mercedes delivered 249,204 premium units in the US.

Mercedes-Benz continued to lead the US luxury race even after posting dismal sales in September 2017. The carmaker suffered a sales decline in the month – by 1.7 percent – making it the only luxury brand that didn’t registered a surge in September 2017. Figure-wise, Mercedes delivered 29,008 units in September 2017 in the US, compared to 29,500 luxury vehicles sold in the same month in 2016.

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Emission issues now affecting Mercedes-Benz E350d models, sales stopped in Germany

Emissions, emissions, emissions. We have been hearing a lot about this issue lately, and we know that automakers dread it too, as it is the worst thing that could happen right now for their business.

This time, the victim of emissions would be Mercedes-Benz and now they have to halt the production of their E350d in Germany. This is because they have to implement some changes to the 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel so it produces less NOx emissions. The company's plan is too fit in a selective catalytic reduction system with more surface area, maximizing the company's AdBlue after-treatment fluid, but Mercedes will still inject the same amount of AdBlue in the system.

Autocar said that it will take a few weeks for Mercedes to do the engine tweaks. Currently, the 3.0 liter V6 produces 258 horsepower (192 kilowatts) and 457 pound feet (620 Newton metres) of torque. The company makes it clear that the only affected engines are the ones on sale in the market since May.

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Daimler has made a superb job of beefing up the Mercedes-Benz range in the present day, increasing the number of models in both the high and low spectrum of the German automaker's portfolio notably in the AMG category.

And the results have been impressive: Mercedes-AMG achieved a remarkable 99,235 AMG vehicles worldwide in 2016. This represents a 44.1 percent growth compared to the previous year. It appears that the German automaker isn’t backing down from its goal of a record sales growth. In fact, if its sales continue at its current rate, it is very likely that Mercedes-AMG will hit the 100,000-unit mark this year to set another sales record.

This can be attributed to the German automaker's move to release more affordable models including the A-Class in Europe and the CLA in the U.S., head of marketing Britta Seeger said. She further revealed in an interview with Autocar that they are offering the A 43 for the driver who isn’t yet ready to get behind the wheel of a 63 model.

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It appears that the Dieselgate scandal masterminded and perpetrated by Volkswagen AG isn’t limited with company, but also has affected, albeit indirectly, its fellow carmakers from Germany. In fact, automotive customers in the United States might not be able to buy new diesel models from German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz (2017 model year).

Mercedes-Benz’ parent Daimler AG disclosed that it had dropped plans to have Mercedes’ diesel cars and engines certified in the US. Sans any certification, Mercedes-Benz cannot sell its diesel-powered 2017 premium vehicles in the country. Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran told Automotive News that the company is putting on hold the certification process for its diesel passenger cars in the US, as part of a review of the carmaker’s portfolio offerings.

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t decided if it would totally exit from the American passenger diesel market, even though it would not be selling 2017 models in the region. However, given the current situation, an exodus from the American passenger diesel market in the future by Mercedes-Benz won’t be a surprise.

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If you’re expecting to own the newest hypercar from Mercedes-AMG, dubbed as Project One, prepare for some bad news. This road worthy F1 car is no longer available in the U.S. As confirmed by Road & Track, the brand had been compiling a list of possible customers and this was stopped last month. Even if you did make it to the list, it is still not guaranteed. The Michigan-based auto magazine revealed as well that the brand will still be choosing who among those in the list will get the chance to own this remarkable model.

While it was first shown during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show held in March, it was done so behind closed doors. However, it was later revealed that this was not the final version with project manager Melissa Witek saying that the one put on display was around 85% complete. Back then it was estimated that the price would be around $2.4 million. It has been confirmed that a total of 275 units will be made and next month the brand will reveal how many of these will be assigned for the U.S.

So how did people manage to get on the list? Well in order to be part of this rather elite club, you would need to be a longtime owner of a Mercedes. In addition, you would need to convince the brand that you will actually be using the vehicle rather than simply storing it and then selling it for a profit. For those who will ultimately get the chance to be a part of Project One, they will receive them directly from the brand. Owners though will get the chance to choose which dealer will deliver their models and do any of the servicing.

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Mercedes-Benz has revealed that despite being a full two years from being officially launched, the Mercedes-AMG hypercar is on the verge of being sold out.

This particular model is equipped with the same powertrain that is inside the brand’s very own Formula 1 model. This includes, of course, the turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine. Mercedes, through Chairman Tobias Moers, gave the confirmation that the brand will be modifying the combustion engine so that it can be idle at lower revolutions but will remain to have pistons that can spin for at least 10,000 rpm.

Moers, in an interview with Autonews, said that with only around 200 to 300 units to be manufactured, the list of interested buyers is beginning to reach that number. If anything, he added, the Mercedes-AMG hypercar is truly an amazing vehicle as there is nothing like this on the market. Moers continued that this excellent hypercar is the best example of the heights engineering can reach as it has the capabilities and competencies of the AMG combined with what may be one of the world’s most efficient powertrains.

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There may be bad news for Mercedes-Benz drivers in the United States who love its diesel offerings and have been waiting for the latest iteration of their favorite diesel models to arrive in the country. Well, it is just that Mercedes is now mulling to stop selling the diesel versions of its premium luxury lineup in the US, no thanks to declining demand for its offerings and to the stricter implementation of emissions regulations and rules in the country.

This comes after Mercedes dropped plans to offer the diesel-powered Mercedes C300d 4Matic to the United States. Mercedes C300d 4Matic was supposed to commence sales of the Mercedes-Benz C300d 4Matic in the US months ago and had postponed those plans. Supposed to be the US version equivalent of the C250d 4Matic that is being sold in Europe, the US-spec C300d 4Matic was previewed June 2015 with a near-production prototype at the Pikes Peak, where it posted a new record for a series production car with a course time of 11.37 minutes.

Mercedes said at the time that the drive C300d could return 42 mpg on the highway and could be the first diesel model that would undercut the American ULEV 70 emissions limits. The C300d 4Matic was powered by a turbodiesel four-cylinder, 2.1-liter engine delivering 201 hp (150 kW) of output from 3,800 rpm and 369 pound-feet (500 Nm) of torque available at 1,600 rpm.

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BMW tumbled to the third spot in the luxury vehicle sales race last month as Mercedes-Benz is getting closer to unseat Audi from its glorious throne in the industry. BMW's global sales jumped only 7.50 percent to 133,883 units last month, totally lagging behind Mercedes-Benz.

The latter's global sales in January rose 20 percent to 150,184 units. While Audi reported the slowest growth among the three luxury car brands with a four percent increase, it still topped BMW with a total of 143,150 units. The reports indicate the shifting of fortune among the three brands.

After lagging behind the competition for a few years, Mercedes-Benz is back in the game after parent company Daimler overhauled its roster. Moreover, all-new SUVs such as the GLE are helping the brand re-establish its glory and offset the losses that may result from the economic woes in China, the world's largest consumer of automobiles.

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For Daimler AG (ticker symbol DAI), 2015 was a very profitable year with the company posting record levels in all its financial metrics. Due to the contributions from all its divisions, Daimler saw significant improvements in sales and revenues, net profit, the group’s earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) as well as EBIT of all ongoing business.

The company expects to continue the trend this 2016 and is projecting further growth in revenue and EBIT from its ongoing business. Daimler expects its position in major markets to be strengthened with an overall increase in unit sales.

These projections are based on the quality offerings in all its divisions as well as their competitive pricing structure and expanded product reach, making it possible for Daimler to post higher than the expected industry-wide increase in global demand for cars.

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Want to purchase a classic Mercedes-Benz car, but don’t know where? Well, the Mercedes-Benz Museum has now put up for sale its classic cars under the name All Time Stars. Interested buyers could view the available classic cars by visiting alltime-stars.com Web site or going personally to the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Interested buyers will be greeted and entertained by a team of sales consultants who will be there to provide more information about the classic cars. Mercedes has been known for its quality, and the All Time Stars by Mercedes-Benz plan to use this reputation as a selling point for its classic cars.

Likewise, the All Time Stars by Mercedes-Benz are all suited for everyday driving. To achieve maximum transparency, experts at the Mercedes-Benz Museum thoroughly inspect and check each classic car according to a 160-item checklist.

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Audi was the top seller of luxury cars in April 2015 around the world, outselling BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Last month, Audi’s deliveries increased by 2.5% to 152,850 cars, aided by the demand in the U.S. for the Audi Q5 and Q7 sport utility vehicles. In comparison, BMW sold 148,896 vehicles (a 5.6% increase). Mercedes-Benz reported sales of 148,072 cars (an 11% hike).

Last Tuesday, Audi presented the revamped Q7 sport utility vehicle in Verbier, Switzerland. At this event, Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler said that the automaker had a “very decent first quarter” and that its growth is at a “good pace.”

BMW has made a promise to keep its lead when it comes to annual sales in the global premium car business even when its key models like the 7-Series sedan are already dated. All three Germany luxury makers are launching new models to broaden their appeal and be more competitive.

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Mercedes-Benz sold a record 183,467 vehicles in March 2015, marking a 15.7% increase in sales. This is the highest monthly sales that Mercedes-Benz has ever recorded in a month. Since the start of 2015, sales have reached 429,602 vehicles, exceeding the record set in the previous year by 14.8%.

Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales, said that in March, the brand had the “strongest sales month” as well as the “best first quarter” throughout its history. Källenius said that its success was due to its “product offensive.”

He also expressed optimism about the launch on March 28 of the CLA Shooting Brake. A new sales record was also set in Europe last March by the company. It sold 89,041 vehicles – a 16.3% increase in sales. Last month in Germany, 27,118 customers received their new Mercedes-Benz units.

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Mercedes-Benz posted a 14.6-percent jump in vehicle sales in February 2015 to 120,270 units. Ola Kallenius, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales, attributed the sales record in February to the C-Class, the carmaker’s SUVs and compact cars.

Around 50,550 of the sales were generated in Europe (plus 17.1 percent), of which 17,494 deliveries were from Germany (up 5.8 percent). In the United Kingdom, deliveries surged 19.5 percent in February. The luxury carmakers also posted strong gains in other European markets like Poland (+92.5%), Spain (+39.6%), Sweden (+34.9%) and Belgium (+36.5%).

Mercedes-Benz posted a new sales record in February in the NAFTA region, where it grew 6.3 percent to 26,747 vehicles. Further gains were logged in North America – United States, Canada and Mexico. In the US, deliveries surged 4.5 percent to 23,616 units, making it the best-selling premium carmaker in the country.

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BMW outsold Mercedes-Benz in the United States in 2014. But behind that, BMW also outspent Mercedes in the US in terms of incentives. In fact, while both German luxury carmakers increase their incentive spending, BMW was shelling out over $670 per vehicle more than Mercedes. Both carmakers also managed to break their previous sales records in the US.

BMW's average incentive spending per sale jumped 32 percent or $1,198 last year to $4,910, according to Autodata. On the other hand, average incentive spending per sale at Mercedes, excluding Sprinter, climbed 11 percent or $433 to $4,237. The incentive gap between BMW and Mercedes also widened from 2013, when the former was spending an average of $3,712 and the latter an average of $3,804.

The reversal in the average incentive spending also translated to a reversal in the No. 1 and No. 2 posts. Jesse Toprak, chief analyst for Cars.com, remarked that BMW’s extra boost of incentive spending in December allowed it to sell enough volume to surpass Mercedes for the full year.

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Mercedes-Benz plans to make 2015 its fifth straight year of record annual sales on demand for new models such as the coupe version of the Mercedes-Benz eyes 5th straight year of record sales in 2015. "I expect a very good year for Mercedes-Benz" in 2015, Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes parent company Daimler, said Wednesday in Las Vegas, where he unveiled the F015 self-driving concept car.

"With the new products that we launched and bring to the markets this year, we expect to significantly exceed general car market growth," he said. Mercedes will present the GLE Coupe, which will vie with BMW's X6 for sporty SUV buyers, at the Detroit auto show next week.

The car is part of Mercedes's strategy to surpass BMW and Audi to retake the top spot in the upscale car segment by the end of the decade.

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BMW managed to post a new November sales record, after surging 6 percent to 158,953 cars and SUVs, as boosted strong demand in core European markets and China. Despite that, growths at closest rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz were higher and were more than enough to chip BMW’s overall lead with a month to go before 2014 ends.

Audi posted an 11-percent jump in deliveries in November to 146,250 units, while Mercedes logged a 13-percent climb to 150,742 vehicles. This marked the second month this year that Mercedes outsold Audi.

After 11 months of deliveries, BMW sold 1.63 million vehicles; Audi delivered 1.59 million; while Mercedes posted a volume of 1.49 million units. BMW’s lead over Audi has dropped to 43,000 cars, compared with 54,000 units a year ago. Mercedes, meanwhile, has trimmed BMW’s lead by 17 percent to 147,000 cars, compared with 177,000 a year ago.

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The battle for the best-selling luxury carmaker in the United States is now on its final round – and it will be a close one. While BMW still has the lead, Mercedes-Benz was able to trim the margin to just 1,830 vehicles, thanks to record sales in November.

Mercedes logged a 1-percent gain in November to 34,578 units, outselling BMW that dropped 2 percent to 31,019 units. Mercedes’ Sprinter van sales are excluded since they aren’t considered luxury vehicles. At third is Lexus (up 7 percent), followed by Audi (up 22 percent).

For the US luxury vehicle market, sales were flat compared to an overall industry growth of 5 percent. According to IHS automotive loyalty consultant Tom Libby, the race for the No. 1 luxury brand will be very close. “They’re going to pull out all the stops,” he said, adding that BMW and Mercedes will use incentives at an “incredible rate” through the end of the last day of the year.

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The race to become as the No. 1 luxury carmaker in terms of sales in the United States has become tighter, with just 5,389 vehicles separating BMW and Mercedes-Benz with two months to go this year. BMW posted an 11-percent jump in deliveries in October to 30,602 vehicles, allowing the carmaker to log an 11-percent jump in sales in the first 10 months of 2014 to 267,193.

Boosting BMW’s sales last month was the 7 series, which posted a 170-percent surge to 1,680 sedans. BMW also saw its X5 crossover log a 57-percent jump in deliveries in October to 3,355 units. BMW of North America chief executive Ludwig Willisch said in a statement that momentum is still with the carmaker, as shown by “back-to-back monthly records” for BMW in October and September.

He remarked that new models, like the 2 and 4 series, are providing BMW a “great boost” heading into the final two months of the year. He also disclosed that they are selling around a thousand units in monthly sales of the BMW i3 after only four months on the market.

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