On the other hand, BMW announced a sales increase of 0.7 percent to 16,513 vehicles. While this wasn’t enough to stay ahead of Mercedes-Benz, BMW can celebrate for the 56 percent gained by the X5 SUV. Toyota’s Lexus isn’t far behind the Bavarian automaker with 16,211 vehicles sold, and a solid rise of 32 percent. With 5,186 deliveries in January, the ES Sedan was by far Lexus’ best selling car in January.
“We’ve set another record this January and are breaking into 2013 at a strong sales pace,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, who is hoping the “Tri-Star“ will finally prevail over it German rival.
In 2012, BMW took its second consecutive US best selling luxury brand title thanks to a late December sales surge, leaving Mercedes-Benz disappointed after leading the hierarchy at the end of November.