BMW topped Mercedes-Benz last year in U.S. by 7,326 cars

The race for the U.S. luxury car sales crown is finally over with BMW winning the battle.

The race for the U.S. luxury car sales crown is finally over with BMW winning the battle.

2012 was a very intense year in the United States luxury car segment with Mercedes-Benz and BMW going head-to-head to take the win. Thanks to an impressive 39 percent boost in sales last month, BMW was able to top M-B for the second consecutive year.

In December BMW delivered 37,399 cars, helped by a massive 72 percent increase in 5-Series sales. Mercedes-Benz sales jumped by 9.5 percent and most of the gain came from the E-Class sedan as sales went up by 32 percent to 6,984 units.

BMW finished last year with 281,460 cars sold, managing to deliver an additional 7,326 units more than Mercedes-Benz. The latter was leading through November by 1,849 cars but in the end it lost the race. Overall, BMW's sales rose in 2012 by 14 percent, while Mercedes-Benz deliveries jumped by 12 percent to 274,134 units.

Sales do not include Springer cargo vans, Smart and MINI models as these are not luxury cars.

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