Earlier this month, BMW reported their January 2013 sales which increased 0.7 percent compared to the same month a year before. The 16,513 vehicles sold were boosted by a large increase in the X5 sales (56 percent).

But with 22,501 vehicles or an 11 percent increase in sales, Mercedes-Benz takes the early lead in the U.S. premium segment.  The C-Class sedan’s sales rose 11 percent to 7,214. It’s exactly 2383 units higher than the BMW 3 Series. Interesting enough are the sales number reported by Cadillac for their ATS model: 2781 units, 26 more units than the Audi A4.

Lexus isn’t far behind BMW with 16,211 vehicles sold,  32 percent increase. Their best selling model was the ES sedan (5,186 deliveries).

Mercedes takes early U.S. luxury lead in January 2013

Audi’s 7.5 percent rise in January accounts for 10,056 vehicles.

Acura’s sales were up 13.2 percent to 9,489 total.

Infiniti had a modest increase of 4.9 percent or 7,126 cars sold.

By Horatiu Boeriu. Read Bio