Sales of BMW brand models rose 5.6 percent last month to 168,129
cars and SUVs, with registrations in China up 7.5 percent to
37,487 cars, the automaker said on Friday.
Daimler's premium passenger-cars division on Monday said its
global sales jumped 13 percent to a record 170,625 models,
thanks to strong compact-car and SUV demand, with China alone
posting record growth of 39 percent.
Volkswagen's Audi, which dropped behind Mercedes in global
luxury vehicle sales last year for the first time since 2010,
increased May deliveries 6.7 percent to 164,150 cars, extending
its year-to-date sales by 5.3 percent.
Sales of Audi models in China, where the VW luxury division has
for years been premium market leader, rose no more than 5.5
percent, it said on Thursday.
BMW's sales gain in May, also helped by a double-digit increase
in Europe, is keeping the manufacturer on course for profitable
sales growth this year, the company said on Friday.
But the Munich-based group may struggle to retain the luxury
sales crown it has held since 2005 this year, lagging behind
Mercedes with five-month sales of 797,457 cars versus 818,175
autos for the Stuttgart-based rival.
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Georgina Prodhan)
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