Mercedes-Benz continues to stay at the top of the heap when discussing top German luxury car brands. Their primary focus is on luxury vehicles and sport class automobiles; though, they also design and manufacture vans, coaches, and buses.
First introduced in 1997, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a popular choice for luxury German vehicles. A mid-size luxury SUV, the M-Class has seen several facelifts over the years. Throughout its run, the M-Class averaged a 5-star rating in crash tests. Starting in 2015, the M-Class will be rebranded as the GLE-Class as part of a shift in Mercedes-Benz restructuring their lineup.
While Audi does offer some economic vehicles, the majority of their lineup comprises of luxury vehicles. Volkswagen, another large German car manufacturer, owns controlling interest of Audi. There are over 20 different models in the current lineup of vehicles manufactured by Audi in their 9 different facilities around the world.