The premium-car sales for the U.S. market are in, and the head-to-head race between BMW and Mercedes-Benz continues. BMW brand sales rose 13% in July to 24,043, while Mercedes reported a gain of 23% from a year earlier to 23,648.
BMW’s numbers were aided by 3 Series and X5 sales, while Mercedes reports a significant increase in sales for the C-Class and M-Class vehicles . BMW 3 Series sales surged 29% to 9,890, helped by the new 320i. BMW’s X5 climbed 17% to 2,674. Mercedes was led by gains of 34% to 7,604 for the C-Class sedan and 73% to 3,092 for the M-Class SUV.
Mercedes sales for the year through July gained 12% to 165,598, Stuttgart, Germany-based Daimler said yesterday. BMW’s deliveries for the period rose 11%to 164,474.