Audi takes lead in luxury-car sales in April 2015, outsells BMW and Mercedes-Benz

Article by Christian A., on May 15, 2015

Audi was the top seller of luxury cars in April 2015 around the world, outselling BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Last month, Audi’s deliveries increased by 2.5% to 152,850 cars, aided by the demand in the U.S. for the Audi Q5 and Q7 sport utility vehicles. In comparison, BMW sold 148,896 vehicles (a 5.6% increase). Mercedes-Benz reported sales of 148,072 cars (an 11% hike).

Last Tuesday, Audi presented the revamped Q7 sport utility vehicle in Verbier, Switzerland. At this event, Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler said that the automaker had a “very decent first quarter” and that its growth is at a “good pace.”

BMW has made a promise to keep its lead when it comes to annual sales in the global premium car business even when its key models like the 7-Series sedan are already dated. All three Germany luxury makers are launching new models to broaden their appeal and be more competitive.

This year, BMW is presenting the Gran Tourer. By the end of the decade, Mercedes aims to launch a pickup truck. From January to April 2015, BMW was able to keep its top ranking with a 5.5% increase in sales to 600,473 cars. Deliveries of Audi went up 5.2% to 591,050 vehicles.

Meanwhile, Mercedes saw a 14% increase in its sales to 577,674 units. Stadler said that next year, Audi will add to its SUV lineup with the new subcompact Q1. The full-size Q8 will arrive by 2019.

The automaker predicts that in 2020, SUVs will make up about 40% of total sales – an improvement over the 32% currently. A lot is at stake for these new additions.

As growth becomes steadier, the competition in China (Audi’s biggest market) is expected to intensify. Stadler anticipates that demand throughout the industry will increase to around 8% this year, quicker than in most key markets.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

A few months ago, Mercedes-Benz promised that they will be treating everyone to a “big surprise” during the Monterey Car Week. And true enough, many of us were stunned as...
by - August 19, 2017
McLaren has already shown some interest in electrifying their models. And initially, we thought that they will just use hybrid systems to use across their current lineup. Nevertheless, we have...
by - August 19, 2017
Fifty years after its glorious victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford launches the 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition at the 2017 Monterey Car Week. The red...
by - August 18, 2017
Hyundai has recently unveiled an unnamed pre-production model of its new fuel cell SUV. We don’t know what to call this model just yet, but sources say that this model...
by - August 18, 2017
This weekend at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the BMW Z4 Concept will make its first public appearance. The good news is that we will finally have a real...
by - August 18, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries