By Drew Johnson
Tuesday, Dec 4th, 2012 @ 10:32 am
 

The United States' luxury car sales race will come down to the final month of the year as BMW was able to trim Mercedes-Benz' already narrow lead with a strong month of November sales.

Thanks to a 64 percent increase in demand for the company's 5-Series model, BMW's November sales shot up 45 percent to 31,213 vehicles. Mercedes' U.S. sales, meanwhile, increased 13 percent to 30,315 units in November, helped by a 59 percent sales spike of its E-Class sedan.

For the year, BMW's sales stand at 244,061 units, trailing Mercedes-Benz' 245,910 sales by just 1,849 vehicles.

Last year BMW slipped by Mercedes-Benz for the U.S. sales title, outselling its cross-country rival 247,907 to 245,192. Both brands finished ahead of Toyota's Lexus brand, which had been the country's best-selling luxury brand for the previous 11 years.

Lexus' sales have increased 23 percent this year, but its 213,559 total sales are nowhere close to its German rivals.