In June Mercedes-Benz’s sales rose 7.6%, due to the new sport utility vehicle and compact coupe.
Mercedes sold 22,321 units in June, while BMW sold 21,725 units, up 0.4% compared to the same period last year and Toyota’s Lexus sold 20,022 units, up 86%.
“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 emailed statement. “We achieved our highest half-year sales in our 47-year history.”
From January to June, Mercedes US sales increased with 16% to 128,595 units, leading BMW by 2,091 units. In 2011 BMW overtook Lexus and became top-selling luxury brand in the US. This year BMW sold 126, 504 vehicles in the first half of 2012, up 11%. In 2011 BMW overtook Mercedes by 2,715 deliveries. Mercedes’ sales this year were boosted by the introduction in 2011 of a new M-Class SUV and new C- Class two-door, as well as an updated version of the sedan.
In June sales of M-Class increased with 45% to 20,626 units, the C-Class rose 26% to 37,686 units, but the M-Class saw a decrease in June. Mercedes’ sales may increase even more this year since the company plans to introduce a new version of the GL three-row SUV and an updated GLK compact SUV.