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Mercedes eyeing top spot in luxury car segment; Lexus hit hard by recalls may relinquish the throne held for 10 years

Toyota Motor Corporation’s Lexus brand ruled the U.S. luxury car segment for a decade but is not in danger of being toppled by Mercedes-Benz after a series of vehicle recalls this year.

Lexus’ image is battered by a number of recalls of their vehicles due to problems like stalling engines, fuel leaks, or instability during emergency maneuvers. Aside from the Lexus brand, the Japanese car manufacturer’s main brand also had to recall about 8 million vehicles due to risks linked to unintentional acceleration.

According to researchers, it is highly possible that Mercedes-Benz will take over Toyota when the figures reflecting the impact of the recalls come in on the second half of 2010.

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