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 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 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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