Mercedes-Benz January sales increased 11%, getting an edge over BMW in the US luxury car sales this year.

Mercedes said it sold 22,051 vehicles in January, thanks to its C-Class sedan, which saw an increase of 11% to 7,214 units. BMW reported sales up 0.7% last month to 16,513 units, due to an increase of 56% for its X5 SUV. Sales do not include the results of the Mini brand, Daimler’s cargo vans or the Smart cars. Toyota’s Lexus saw its sales rise 32% to 16,211 vehicles, led by the ES sedan, with 5,186 vehicles sold.

Mercedes and BMW are in a continuous race for the top spot as the biggest luxury- auto brand in the States, after they managed to outsell Lexus over the last two years. BMW managed to get the first place for the second time, thanks to a December sales surge, although Mercedes had the lead after November. Lexus remained on the third place, after it had held the crown for 11 years until 2011 when the natural disasters hit Asia.

“We’ve set another record this January and are breaking into 2013 at a strong sales pace,” Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, said in a statement.


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