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BMW topped Mercedes-Benz last year in U.S. by 7,326 cars

 BMW topped Mercedes-Benz last year in U.S. by 7,326 cars
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BMW sold 281,460 cars

The race for the U.S. luxury car sales crown is finally over with BMW winning the battle.

2012 was a very intense year in the United States luxury car segment with Mercedes-Benz and BMW going head-to-head to take the win. Thanks to an impressive 39 percent boost in sales last month, BMW was able to top M-B for the second consecutive year.

In December BMW delivered 37,399 cars, helped by a massive 72 percent increase in 5-Series sales. Mercedes-Benz sales jumped by 9.5 percent and most of the gain came from the E-Class sedan as sales went up by 32 percent to 6,984 units.

BMW finished last year with 281,460 cars sold, managing to deliver an additional 7,326 units more than Mercedes-Benz. The latter was leading through November by 1,849 cars but in the end it lost the race. Overall, BMW's sales rose in 2012 by 14 percent, while Mercedes-Benz deliveries jumped by 12 percent to 274,134 units.

Sales do not include Springer cargo vans, Smart and MINI models as these are not luxury cars.

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 ElioBorrero ElioBorrero
GSS5 23 and company... I know you know a lot about cars and say that AUDIS AND VW's DON'T share anything, why don't you go ahead and read an article that just came out here in this webpage about the new AUDI A3 :-) please read it a shut up,click where it says the platform type and read as well... they don't share anything right? COCO LOCO... you called my analogy "retarded" cause I said they share a bunch of stuff, how should I call yours? they share the same platform and the same engine 2.0 TSI ... so your analogy is not retarded but from someone that DOES NOT KNOW WHAT THE F is talking about, click on plattform type and you will read how this will enable VW sell more rebadged AUDIS :-) BMW? Noupp they are BMW's from the tires up.. ;-) chaiooo
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January 10, 2013 1:01 pm
 ElioBorrero ElioBorrero
GSS5 23 be a man and order a 335is European Delivery, go to the exclusive factory where they build the car, learn about what a BMW is all about, visit the BMW museum (by the way visited by alomost a million people every year and is the envy of many yes I'm refering to VW or AUDI) and drive as far/fast as you can , then come back and talk to me :-)
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January 9, 2013 3:39 pm
 ElioBorrero ElioBorrero
GSS5 23....That 4 cilinder turbo Engine TSI 2.0 litre used by VW group is on a JEtta Gli,Tiguan,Bettle turbo,GTi and in a bunch of Audis as well such as the A6 wich is nothing but a freaking front wheel drive CC .. and you have tthe gutts to say "they don't share anything with VW?" he he .... COCO LOCO.. lol
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January 9, 2013 3:17 pm
 ElioBorrero ElioBorrero
GSS5 23 ...Why you don't look at "VW Group B plattform" and read the first lines Mr SMART that is just a small example .. and or Google VW/AUDI engines to see how AUDI suck VW tits and viceversa, BMW DOES NOT HAVE THAT ISSUE.. AUDI = VW anybody that knows about cars knows that, IF you want to buy a an AUDI is fine Don't buy an A6 just get a CC and done with it... BMW is a company by itself AUDI is a LEACH of VW... and if a AUDI R8 won something you must thank LAMBO for that cause an R8 (V10)is NOT an AUDI is a GALLARDO fool.... AUDI creates NOTHING and BMW makes the best 3-4-6-8 cilinder Engines money can buy, many car's co in the world Dream about such an Engeniering, as a matter of fact the suppy engines to other car manufacturers worldwide..
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January 9, 2013 3:09 pm
 GTurbo GTurbo
A highly absorbing subject this! I'm the 38th blogger on this subject and that tells its own story. No matter how many cars BMW sell Stateside, Merc still rules the global roost with inimitable class and prestige factor since 1886. Not even the Maybach could compete with the S-class! Meanwhile, it's Audi that America should prepare for; BMW's sales supremacy is only temporary!! I like BMWs (I've driven a 330d before and it's quite epic), but the overall feeling of specialness is effortlessly a Mercedes forte whilst Audi has always managed to blend the best elements of both brands together with consummate ease. The uniqueness of the Ingolstadt rival is that it manages to pioneer future tech and convey that theme with inspired and gorgeous design language, taking interior architechture to the next stratosphere. Vorsprung durch technik as they say at Ingolstadt.
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January 8, 2013 5:36 am
 Han Solo Han Solo
Yahoo.... Finally, the Best Man Wins (BMW)... "Desire is irrelevant, I am the Ultimate Driving Machine..."
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January 8, 2013 12:56 am
 Garais877 Garais877
@GSS5_23 made ElioBorrero shut up so niceley :D that he got to change the theme :D by the way try watch this on youtube - Audi S8 vs BMW Alpina B7! - Head 2 Head Episode 19 or - BMW 335i vs Audi S4! - Head 2 Head Episode 10
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January 7, 2013 7:47 am
 my550benz my550benz
I'm not sure which direction Mercedes is headed...I have been a long time owner of Merc's, but i'm not a fan of this high profit, high volume approach....i think quality will suffer...as it has already....
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January 6, 2013 3:48 pm
 ART ART
MB has lost it way.. their cars look cheap and out of sorts. the SL? What were they thinking.. and that stupid hockey stick DTRL/LED where fog lights usually are.. looked like an after thought on the E-Class..
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January 5, 2013 11:58 am
 ElioBorrero ElioBorrero
When you see the roundel and the BMW letters on it you're looking at a well balance (50%/50% or very close to itt weight ditribution car) from the 1 serioes to the 7 series is the "only" car company that constantly focus all efforts in bringuin you a wonderfull driving experience, if you're looking for confi and Luxury go MB, if you're looking for fun to drive BMW, if you are looking for ultimate Luxury go RR, BMW is "perhaps" the best "all arround" car company in the world due to their enginering and plesure to drive, if you add to that a very low cost of ownership like Service Plan and transferable CPO warant then you have a winner..
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January 5, 2013 10:18 am
 ElioBorrero ElioBorrero
Audi should sell more cars but it will take them some years, as I said before they share more than 44% of their parts with VW and other brands under VW group and represent 50% of VW gains. IS it a beter car than a BMW not even close, MB is a better all arround car as well, AUDI (VW) is what LExus is Toyota, Infinity to Nissan and Acura to Honda and Caddy to GMC, BMW is a soley car manufacturer positioned very well with RR as a top Luxury car and Mini for a fun toy to drive, all arround BMW makes way better balanced/driving cars, least cost of ownership for the full life of the car, new they have 4-50K full B-B waranty and free maintenance (Audi and MB does not offer that) and when CPO their waranty is transferable while the others don't. Besides Audi is below the cut of less problems per 100 cars sold than MB and BMW..
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January 5, 2013 9:59 am
 Garais877 Garais877
Audi Rated Top Luxury Automotive Brand in 2013 Luxury Customer Experience Index
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January 5, 2013 7:13 am
 oskarl_benz oskarl_benz
How long did GM lead the Automotive Industry as the World's Largest Automaker? that doesn't mean that they had the best products available. BMW is a good manufacturer, Mercedes Benz IMO and personal taste has better looking cars, much more classy, elegant and fully equipped with the latest in technology developed by themselves and on the last years they had developed AMG as an amazing Performance Preparer for their vehicles.
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January 4, 2013 3:32 pm
 SouthAfrica SouthAfrica
I am a loyal BMW fanboy. I am happy. (Nice guys come last unfortunately.)
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January 4, 2013 3:00 pm
 hunker7 hunker7
Audi will take over in couple of years
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January 4, 2013 2:32 pm
 velsatis velsatis
lol, every year BMW does the same, they make massive incentives in december, come on lads, they where behind and in 1 month they sell 75% more 5 series??? right
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January 4, 2013 12:19 pm
 howe2002 howe2002
I would imagine that 1Series & X1 would make up a few of those sales. Merc has no vehicles in that lower price segment in N.America. B-Class has just come to Canada again, for 2013 and new CLA should be coming end of this year, hopefully..
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January 4, 2013 11:57 am
 Siawa Siawa
Not surprised. BMW has better SUV options and 5-Series is far superior than new E-Class.
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January 4, 2013 11:28 am