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Lexus Sales Top German Rivals as Chip Shortage Roils U.S. Luxury

  • RX SUVs help it beat BMW, Mercedes in third-quarter U.S. sales
  • BMW leads luxury sales year-to-date as Mercedes drops on chips
A 2022 Lexus NX vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show.
A 2022 Lexus NX vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show.Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg

Toyota Motor Corp.’s premium Lexus brand outsold its German rivals in the U.S. luxury market in the third quarter, a sign it’s navigating the global chip shortage more deftly than competitors.

Lexus sold 81,093 vehicles in the quarter, led by its RX and NX SUVs, which accounted for more than half its deliveries in the period. BMW AG, which counts on its Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant for popular crossovers like the X3 and X5, delivered 75,619 vehicles. It’s still leading the four biggest luxury carmakers in 2021 sales through September.