Tesla Inc. has parlayed price cuts into a formidable lead over its luxury competitors in the first quarter of 2023.
The Austin, Texas-based automaker's first-quarter sales volume surged 55 percent from last year, and it sold more than double the volume of No. 2 BMW.
But the segment's historic favorites are fighting back against the new front-runner with their own fleets of electric vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz's EV sales have more than quadrupled in the first three months. The brand's four EQ-branded models accounted for 9.7 percent of sales in the first quarter, including vans.
EV "product is driving momentum," Mercedes-Benz USA sales boss Senol Bayrak told Automotive News on Wednesday. "We have now a full lineup of these cars available — from SUV to sedan."
To boost EV adoption, Mercedes will launch a six-week marketing campaign starting April 22. The Mercedes EQE SUV, which debuted last month, will be the centerpiece of the blitz.
Meanwhile, electrified vehicles (which include plug-in hybrids) accounted for nearly 17 percent of BMW's 82,466 U.S. deliveries in the quarter.
BMW Group sales boss Pieter Nota said electric models will be among the "main growth drivers" globally this year.