Auto analysts see prestige brands – names such as Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, Jaguar and Cadillac – as the engine that will power automotive sales growth in the years ahead. Best-seller status of BMW 3-series may put it at risk of becoming a commodity vehicle. But there’s a danger that the growing proliferation of luxury models will rub some of the luster off prestige brand badging, one industry observer notes. Ward’s data show there will be 108 luxury models on the U.S. market ...

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