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Mercedes-Benz can't keep up with BMW and Audi in global luxury car sales

 Mercedes-Benz cant keep up with BMW and Audi in global luxury car sales
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Mercedes is now in third place.

Bloomberg is reporting that Mercedes-Benz can’t keep up the pace with rival Audi and BMW in the global luxury car sales. The reason why they have fallen into third place is because of a disjointed strategy in China, the slow expansion of entry-level models and also because of an outdated S-Class. The gap between Mercedes-Benz and Audi – who’s in second place - has doubled in the last 12 months.

Through the nine months of this year, Mercedes-Benz has managed to sell 964,900 units globally, representing a 5 percent gain which wasn’t enough to keep up the pace with Audi which delivered 132,600 more cars (compared to 53,900 through the same period of last year). The distance between Mercedes and first-place holder BMW rose by 41 percent to 145,000 units, based on the data sent by all three German automakers.

In the United States, Mercedes-Benz has managed to extend its lead over BMW. In the first nine months of the year they sold 5,221 more cars than BMW.

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 fgfglkhjk fgfglkhjk
in my opinion BMW is the BEST have a good day
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October 17, 2012 10:01 pm
 SouthAfrica SouthAfrica
"The distance between Mercedes and first-place holder BMW rose by 41 percent to 145,000 units, based on the data sent by all three German automakers." Enough said.
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October 12, 2012 7:45 am
 Ivo_205 Ivo_205
How eloquent
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October 11, 2012 10:47 am
 V12 MONSTRO V12 MONSTRO
As a proud owner of a 2007 S-600 with AMG package!!... Nothing can come even close to it!! Sickkkkk car and i cant wait to own my first 65, it's the next step UP Period. (4 DOOR OF COURSE). I have smoked almost every competitor out there and proud of it... MERC SHOULD BE RESPECTED PERIOD.
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October 10, 2012 8:03 pm
 GRAVE GRAVE
Audi managed to sell more cars thanks to the cheap and small A1. MB still did not start selling the new A class. Next year we can expect a serious competetion from MB
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October 10, 2012 3:50 pm
 LWE7 LWE7
I'd get a BMW or Audi. For some reason when I think "Mercedes" things like "gray hair" and "old" comes to my head. But then its just my opinion. Otherwise I belive their all good.
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October 10, 2012 3:39 pm
 KevinFXX KevinFXX
will see again when Mercedes launched the new S and A...
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October 10, 2012 11:38 am
 HelmydeMeester HelmydeMeester
I wish these numbers didn't mean everything to the brands. It's the reason we get loads of retarded unnecessary vehicles like all those sportbacks, the 3GT/5GT/X6, the GLA, CLA and MLC, and the list goes on.
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October 10, 2012 10:26 am
 isaacu isaacu
Provocative reporting......
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October 10, 2012 9:51 am
 TorroRosso TorroRosso
Merc will soon be launching their new A-class and S-class and sales will increase. They were just beaten to the market by their competitors and that is a major reason. People like newer vehicles more than the older ones. It will be interesting to see how they do next year.
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October 10, 2012 9:51 am
 Mikeado Mikeado
They should put a positive spin on it and say that an MB is "more exclusive", so if you want to stand out you should buy a Benz over a BMW or Audi. If that changes, go back to regular advertising.
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October 10, 2012 9:13 am
 edd_lg edd_lg
Is the numbers of cars sold more important than profit ?
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October 10, 2012 8:13 am
 BOOGIE_WOOGIE BOOGIE_WOOGIE
No, Mercedes needs to target the lower end of the market (Golf, Passat)to compete with the rest. Its a no brainer. People are looking to smaller premium vehicles. The Golf is experiencing huge success in sales with every new iteration. BMW has identified this area of growth and is targeting it with an onslaught of 1 and 2 series variants from coupe's, to wagons, to SUV's and everything else in between. Heck, we might even get a BMW 2 series shooting brake type vehicle as outlined by a BMW source. Mercedes is slow to this. They not targeting the younger demographic enough or they are lacklustre in their efforts. Mercedes image will change sooner or later and that's going to anger purists of the brand but for it to survive they have to grow as a company to compete with the rest or risk their independence.
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October 10, 2012 8:01 am
 Rotaermel Rotaermel
I'd prefer Mercedes over BMW/Audi in an category, because The whole Audi and BMW range looks similat. (Not the Audi and BMW range, but their cars INSIDE their range.) A8? Looks like a bigger A6. A6? Bigger A4. And so on. Same thing with the BMW models. But you can clearly distinguish S from E from C at MB. And the current S is still better than its competitors, so the new will absolutely kick ***.
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October 10, 2012 7:46 am
 raduq raduq
Mercedes needs a new S-Class, more than a facelift, it needs something fresh, out of the box and it will sell for sure.
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October 10, 2012 7:21 am
 Shumy Shumy
There is no mercedes benz model that I would prefer to any of the bmw or audi rivals and I guess I am not the only one in the world thinking the same and contrary to this I am part of the majority. E class to 5 series or a6: not thinkable, S class to a8 or 7 series: stupid for me
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October 10, 2012 7:20 am
 velsatis velsatis
S-klass is outdated?????sorry but that sounds stupid, all cars have a period of life in the market, yes thats a fact, yes in the end they are outdated, I dont understand how this is breaking news to anyone. By the way, in case you haven't noticed, a new S-Klass is about to be lunched next year
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October 10, 2012 7:00 am