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BMW, Mercedes duel in US

BMW, Mercedes duel in US
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First Published: Fri, Dec 23 2011. 11 14 PM IST

File photo of BMW Active Hybrid 5 vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. Bloomberg
File photo of BMW Active Hybrid 5 vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. Bloomberg
Updated: Fri, Dec 23 2011. 11 14 PM IST
File photo of BMW Active Hybrid 5 vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. Bloomberg
BMW AG and Mercedes-Benz are locked in an expensive race for bragging rights as this year’s top-selling luxury car in the US market, and customers are benefiting.
The two German luxury-car brands this year have zoomed past Toyota Motor Corp’s Lexus division, which has reigned as America’s top-selling luxury auto maker since 2000, and are running neck and neck to grab the US crown.
Heading into December, BMW had sold 221,073 cars and sport-utility vehicles in the US market, a rise of 12.3%, and just 1,582 more than Daimler AG’s Mercedes, whose sales are up 11.8% from a year ago.
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First Published: Fri, Dec 23 2011. 11 14 PM IST