It was reported in July that Lexus is in danger of losing its U.S. luxury crown to Mercedes-Benz – well it has, at least for the month of September. Mercedes-Benz sales were up a total of 22 percent to 20,675, as deliveries of the E-Class sedan helped boost the brand’s numbers. Even BMW passed Lexus for the month with an increase of 21 percent to 18,228.
Lexus sales were down 6 percent last month to 16,948, in an overall market that had a pretty strong September with a gain of 29 percent from a year earlier.
“It’s been a challenging year for the whole industry,” said Brian Smith, U.S. vice president of Lexus sales. “We feel real good about where we are this year. I don’t think we’re going to lose leadership this year, but time will tell.”
On a yearly basis, Mercedes-Benz sales are up 22 percent to 165,427 units for 2010, while BMW sales are up 9 percent to 157,464. Lexus is up 9 percent to 162,438.
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