The 2013 sales race is over and for the first time in a long time BMW isn’t on top in the US. Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive launch of the new CLA Mercedes sold 3,254 more cars than BMW during the 2013 calendar year.

Does this give BMW further impetus to move to lower cost FWD vehicles? We wouldn’t be surprised to see a CLA competitor sooner rather than later.

You can read the details at Bloomberg.