German Throwdown: BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz

They make some of the world’s best cars but in a head-to-head comparison which models should you buy?

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At cursory glance, first quarter numbers from German auto rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz couldn't differ more dramatically were they coming at the crescendo of a Wagnerian opera. Sales and market share bounded at BMW, while Mercedes-Benz appeared once again the black sheep of parent DaimlerChrysler (DCX), the only one of five divisions losing money.

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