Mercedes-Benz has just admitted it is likely to fall short of the top spot in luxury car sales in the US this year, and accepts third place behind Lexus and BMW. Meanwhile, Lexus is set to top sales for the year once again.
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Although German auto makers BMW and Mercedes-Benz have closed the gap somewhat this year, Lexus will remain as the top-selling luxury brand in the US. Toyota's luxury arm has been at the top since 2000 and Mercedes-Benz US president doesn't see this changing any time in the immediate future.

Ernst Lieb, Mercedes-Benz US president, recently said at a meeting in Detroit, "I'm pretty sure we'll be number three", in regards to this year's sales. And he expects BMW to take second spot.

The company did come close to BMW last month though, only falling short by 545 vehicle sales. Lieb said, "they are pushing extremely hard" BMW, but says none of the two companies are going to make up enough to catch Lexus.

Even BMW couldn't get anywhere near Lexus in terms of sales during November though, when 4936 Lexus cars were sold. The interesting thing is total figures for BMW and Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicle sales don't include any of the company's small or commercial vehicles.

On the contrary, Lieb did say the two German companies had improved sales significantly over the years and is happy with this year's achievement nonetheless. He added,

"If you go back four years ago, Lexus was 75,000 units ahead of us and BMW was over 40,000 units ahead of us. At the end of the year with Lexus being, I don't know, 6000 units ahead of us, and BMW, 1500, I think that's a pretty good achievement."