Although its first-half sales suffered a severe slump compared with year-ago, Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus is expected to retain its title as the top-selling luxury brand in the U.S., according to a Ward’s forecast. Lexus has maintained that bragging right for eight consecutive years, despite BMW’s drive to within striking distance. Through July, only 3,466 units separated the two luxury brands, according to Ward’s data. Lexus delivered 158,893 vehicles and BMW 155,427 (excluding Mini). ...

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