BERLIN, April 9 Germany's BMW
increased sales of its luxury-brand vehicles by 4 percent in
March to 159,195 autos, its single highest monthly sales tally
BMW brand deliveries rose 7 percent in the first quarter to
a record 381,404 vehicles, powered by "solid" gains in the
United States and China, the Munich-based company said on
Tuesday in an emailed statement.
By comparison, luxury rival Audi maintained its
lead over Mercedes-Benz, boosting first-quarter sales
6.8 percent to a record 369,500 vehicles, the VW-owned brand
That compares with a 3.5 percent gain at Daimler's flagship
division to 324,898 cars. Audi's quarterly deliveries in China
surged 14.2 percent to 102,810 vehicles while Mercedes slumped
by almost the same margin, or 11.5 percent, to 45,440.
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Christoph Steitz)