Mercedes-Benz delivered 4,895 units of the $29,900 CLA coupe in the car’s first full month on dealer lots, helping the brand climb 25 % in October and double its U.S. luxury-vehicle lead over its closest rival, BMW.
Total sales for Mercedes went up to 30,069 cars, as E-Class deliveries jumped 23 % from a year earlier, while BMW reported selling 27,574 vehicles, a very slow 4.2 % increase.
The CLA, the lowest-priced Mercedes in the US, helped the brand to a bigger year-to-date lead over BMW to 4,986 vehicles, from 2,491 through September. The tally stands at 245,125 to 240,139.
BMW’s October increases were aided by its 5 Series sedans, with a 19 % increase, and the X1 compact sport-utility vehicle, with a 60 % jump, according to a statement from the Munich-based automaker.
Lexus, the top-selling luxury-auto brand in the U.S. for 11 years through 2010, had a 14 % climb in October. Deliveries stand at 22,719 units for the month and have increased 12 % to 213,479 for the year.
Cadillac also reported a 9.5 % sales rise to 14,792, on demand for the new ATS and XTS sedans. Cadillac sales for the year have jumped 27 % to 148,206 vehicles.
U.S. sales of Volkswagen AG’s Audi brand climbed 11 % to 13,001, with the company, which has posted record sales for 34 months in a row, reporting a 39 % jump for the Q5 SUV and an 11 % increase for the A4 sedan. Sales for the year through October are up 13 % to 127,412.