Mercedes recaptured the crown for luxury car sales in the U.S. in 2016, outpacing rivals Lexus and BMW to take first place for the first time since 2013.
The unit of Daimler AG registered 340,237 deliveries in 2016, with sales declining 6.4 percent for the month of December and 0.8 percent for the year. The annual tally for the Stuttgart-based automaker gives it 16.8 percent of the U.S. luxury vehicle market.
In second place, Toyota’s Lexus brand posted sales of 331,228 units for the year, providing it with a 16.4 percent market share. Boosted by year-end incentives, Lexus maintained top spot in the segment for December, delivering 41,182 vehicles.
Munich-based BMW ended 2016 with sales declining 9.5 percent to 313,174 units for a 15.5 percent share of the luxury market. In December, the automaker registered sales of 32,835 vehicles, slipping 5.2 percent from the same period a year ago.
Rounding out the top marques in the segment, Audi captured fourth place with sales rising 4 percent to 210,213 vehicles, with Cadillac, Acura, Infiniti and Lincoln occupying the next four spots.
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