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US Has New Luxury Car Champ

BMW edges out Mercedes-Benz for crown
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2012 5:56 PM CST
BMW Beats Mercedes-Benz for Luxury Car Sales in US
The BMW logo.   (AP Photo/dapd, Joerg Koch, File)

(Newser) – The Beamers win: BMW has earned the honor of being the top-selling luxury brand of car in the US for 2011, reports the Wall Street Journal. It takes the title from Toyota's Lexus, which had dominated for a decade but never quite recovered from the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan. This year it came down to BMW and Mercedes-Benz, and the crown was so coveted that neither side wanted to report first, notes Bloomberg. Finally, Mercedes announced sales this morning of 245,192. BMW followed a few hours later and beat the total by about 2,700 vehicles. (Read more luxury car stories.)

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