Mercedes leads US luxury segment in June – Car Sales image

For Mercedes Benz, June 2012 proved to be the best-ever month.

The German automaker said it sold 22,231 cars and SUVs last month – 7.6 percent more compared to June 2011.

“This marks a historic milestone for Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. market,” Steve Cannon, chief of Mercedes’s U.S. unit, said in an e-mailed statement. “We achieved our highest half-year sales in our 47-year history.”

Bannering the charge for Mercedes-Benz was the C-Class, which amounted for 6,506 units. The E-Class was a close second at 5,589 units.

BMW, the main competitor sold 21,725 new vehicles – 0.4 percent more compared to June 2011. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 11.3 percent on sales of 126,504 compared to 113,705 sold in the first six months of 2011.

-“Demand is strong though we’ve been constrained by new model ramp up, but supply will soon catch up in the second half of the year,” BMW of North America’s Chief Executive Ludwig Willisch said about the June numbers.

But after six months, Mercedes sales rose 16 percent to 128,595, to lead BMW by 2,091.

On the same time, Audi said it sold 12,664 units in June, an increase of 26 percent over the same month last year as well as the best-ever month since the automaker entered the U.S. market.