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BMW, Mercedes Steer Through U.S. Slump With Made-in-America SUVs

  • Demand for Mercedes GLE, BMW X3 jumps as broader sales drop
  • Results reveal blind spot in Trump’s anti-German rhetoric
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Fewer new Mercedes-Benz models are making their way to Fifth Avenue to be bemoaned by Donald Trump -- and those that do are increasingly likely to have been built in the U.S.

BMW AG and Mercedes parent Daimler AG’s U.S. sales in May dropped 11 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively, the German automakers said Thursday. South Carolina and Alabama-assembled sport utility vehicles were exceptions to a month of weak total deliveries, with demand jumping for BMW X3 and Mercedes GLE models.