CLA Sales Push Mercedes Farther Past BMW

CLA Sales Push Mercedes Farther Past BMW

The introduction of the affordable and attractive Mercedes-Benz CLA has helped the German automaker widen the gap between its main competitor, BMW.

The CLA nearly contributed to all of Mercedes-Benz’s gain last month in the U.S., selling 3,623 CLAs in November. Compared to last year, Mercedes sold 4,061 more vehicles for a November record of 34,376 units.

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It’s also powered the automaker to a wider gap between BMW, which it now leads by 7,610 units. Compared to sales through October, Mercedes was only 4,986 units ahead of its German competitor. If the sales trend continues for December, Mercedes will dethrone BMW’s two-year crown of annual U.S. luxury sales thanks to the introduction of the CLA.

That gap could continue to widen as BMW will be the slowest to introduce its affordable, front-wheel-drive based vehicles. Both Mercedes and Audi will have entry-level models available before BMW enters the market.

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[Source: Automotive News Europe]

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