NEW YORK – Trailing slightly behind Mercedes-Benz through the year’s first six months doesn’t bother Jack Pitney, vice president-marketing for BMW of North America LLC. Pitney predicts a second-half sales surge will catapult BMW ahead of Mercedes by year’s end. “We’ll be posting nice numbers for the rest of the year,” he tells Ward’s at a press conference here. Pitney says sales of X5 and X6 cross/utility vehicles manufactured at BMW’s Greenville, SC, plant are doing “tremendously ...

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