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Old Wed, Jan-07-2015, 02:20:06 AM   #1
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Default 2014: A year to be forgotten by MB and Audi in the US luxury brand segment

The clientele that's buying all of these lackluster models should have little in common with anyone in OT. That's my guess and hope.

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DETROIT (Reuters) - BMW (BMWG.DE) on Monday regained bragging rights as the top-selling luxury brand in the United States, ending the one-year reign of German rival Mercedes.

BMW ended with a lead last year of more than 9,000 vehicles over Mercedes-Benz, which in 2013 seized a title BMW had held for the previous two years.

The BMW brand sold 339,738 vehicles in the U.S. market last year, a 9.8 percent jump from 2013. BMW's sales growth outpaced the overall U.S. auto market's 5.9 percent increase. Daimler AG's (DAIGn.DE) Mercedes-Benz brand showed an increase of 5.7 percent to 330,391 vehicles.

Last year, Mercedes-Benz outsold BMW by about 3,000 vehicles. BMW won the sales crown in 2011 and 2012.

Toyota Motor Corp's (7203.T) Lexus brand narrowed the gap on the two German brands, but remained in third last year with 311,389 vehicles, up 13.7 percent.

From 2000 to 2010, Lexus was the luxury sales leader, but the two German brands jumped the Japanese brand in 2011 when a damaging earthquake and tsunami struck Japan.

Volkswagen AG's (VOWG_p.DE) Audi brand overtook General Motors Co's (GM.N) Cadillac for fourth place. Audi's sales of 182,011 were up 15.2 percent while Cadillac sales fell 6.5 percent to 170,750 vehicles.

Honda Motor Co's (7267.T) Acura brand showed a 1.5 percent gain in the year to 167,843 vehicles, followed by Nissan Motor Co's (7201.T) Infiniti at 117,300 vehicles, up 0.8 percent.

In eighth place but gaining was Lincoln, the Ford Motor Co (F.N) luxury brand that a couple of decades ago was the luxury market leader. Lincoln's sales rose 15.6 percent in the year to 94,474 vehicles.
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The drop that Lexus suffered was huge. MB and BMW dominate the U.S. luxury scene.


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Who buys Acura and Lincoln? Srsly, awful vehicles.
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But but but everyone and their mom knows bmws can't steer!

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Just goes to show that BMW doesn't need vehicles with good steering feel to sell to the masses. Look at Cadillac, the steering in their cars are superior to BMW's, yet they can't move them off their parking lots! Thats terrible for an auto enthusiast, I'm about as interested in a BMW as I am a Cadillac. Its too bad car companies can no longer create niche models for their enthusiast to satisfy the status quo. All they are interested in now are profits, as every business model is, as it turns out.
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Just goes to show that BMW doesn't need vehicles with good steering feel to sell to the masses. Look at Cadillac, the steering in their cars are superior to BMW's, yet they can't move them off their parking lots! Thats terrible for an auto enthusiast, I'm about as interested in a BMW as I am a Cadillac. Its too bad car companies can no longer create niche models for their enthusiast to satisfy the status quo. All they are interested in now are profits, as every business model is, as it turns out.

I think it's because the general buying public can't tell or doesn't care that the steering isn't quite what it used to be.


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Who buys Acura and Lincoln? Srsly, awful vehicles.

Wasn't there a guy on OT that used to swear his TSX and MDX were epic? Chris something? Vaguely remember


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steering feel is subjective. to 99% of buyer, soft/light/smooth steering feel is better. Not some rock hard steering feel that translates all the bump and rock you hit on the road.
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