Mercedes-Benz is counting on the new CLA sedan to help improve its profits, which lag rivals'. Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz

German vehicle maker Daimler (NASDAQOTH:DMLRY) solidly beat second-quarter earnings estimates late last week, thanks to some one-time items. But earnings at Daimler's crown jewel, Mercedes-Benz, were down -- even as rivals BMW (NASDAQOTH:BAMXF) and Audi report record profits.

Can Mercedes keep up with its supercharged archrivals? In this video, contributor John Rosevear digs into the numbers to explain why Mercedes is lagging -- and looks at the new models, like the CLA shown above, that Mercedes is counting on to finally boost its profits.

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