Exactly, they are pointless comparisons because American luxury brands have gotten to be so sad, the American car fans are left with Ram and Sierra pickups as the last best option.
Here is 2019 Revenue:
Volkswagen $282.9 billion on 10.34 million units
Toyota $272 billion on 9.70 million units
Daimler $186.6 billion on 3.34 million units
Ford $156 billion on 4.90 million units
Honda $141.1 billion on 4.83 million units
Hyundai-Kia $137.8 billion on 7.2 million units
Renault-Nissan $129.9 billion on 9.22 million units
GM $110.9 billion on 7.74 million units
FCA $108 billion 4.36 million units
Daimler is 3rd in revenue and has the lowest volume of the bunch. I think they are doing fine.
Because trucks are now considered to be luxury vehicles rather than status quo sedans?
News Flash: Its been an SUV and Truck world ever since OJ was running from the cops at 5 mph waaaay back when Eurodance was just hitting the dance clubs in NYC and Montreal.
Because plebeian brands are hitting luxury price tags? Well... luxury brands are hitting plebeian price tags...it goes both ways you know...
It may be a Bizarro world in 2020...but it dont change the fact that pickup trucks from mainstream brands are in reality luxury vehicles and luxury brands are producing and selling mainstream level vehicles.
Please dont be hypocritical and say a GLC or worse...a G wagon... is a luxury truck JUST because it wears a luxury brand logo on the hood, and dismiss a GMC Sierra Denali or Ford Kings Ranch truck JUST because it dawns a utilitarian and mainstream badge...
Because if you say a GLC is luxury and deny a Denali...your thought process is non-sequitur. Your logic does not follow...
And the fact that a 2019 E Class is a mainstream taxi car in other parts of the world does you no favours with this non-sequitur rebuttal...
And yes...18 wheelers are expensive...but quite luxurious too...if equipped that way. Plus...these modern 18 wheelers got technology that rivals the best of the automotive world. Everything that defines...luxury.
Price to price
interior to interior
engine choice to engine choice
fit and finish to fit and finish
tech to tech
Base E Class/base GLC or top of the line GLA versus high priced Detroit pickup trucks...very much indeed is apples to apples and very much sequitur as it follows a very logical path. One that you or SMK dont wanna admit to...but yeah...