Mercedes-Benz posted a 6.7% September gain and widened its U.S. luxury-vehicle lead.
Mercedes delivered 24, 697 units last month, according to a statement coming from the Stuttgart, Germany-based Daimler. The company was aided by its first car in the U.S. with a price tag below $30,000 – the CLA. The four-door coupe sold around 2,300 units in the first week of commercial availability. Mercedes also grew E-Class deliveries by 17% to 5,647.
Deliveries for the BMW brand rose 8.3% in September from a year earlier to 23,568, helped by demand for its 7 Series, whose deliveries more than tripled, and 5 Series sedans, according to the Munich-based automaker. Still, the September results helped Mercedes expand its lead over BMW for 2013 to 2,491 vehicles, 215,056 to 212,565, up from a margin of 1,362 through August.
Lexus, the top-selling luxury-auto brand in the U.S. for 11 years through 2010, had a 4.2% decrease in September to 19,522 units. GM’s luxury brand Cadillac had a 9.9% September sales jump to 13,828, and overall Cadillac sales grew 29% to 133,414 vehicles.
Audi rose 6.2% to 13,065 units, Acura sales fell 19% to 11,648 last month, Infiniti also slid 4.3% to 9,040 vehicles, Lincoln was down 5.1% while Jaguar posted a 31% increase (1,313) and Porsche went up 13% to 3,093 units.