* Mercedes sales up 10.4 pct in May at record 134,031 cars
* Audi has outsold Mercedes every month in 2014
* New models to lift Mercedes past Audi in H2 - analyst
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BERLIN/FRANKFURT, June 6 Mercedes-Benz
keeps delivering double-digit sales growth, but its
overhauled line-up of luxury cars has yet to move it past German
Deliveries of Daimler's flagship passenger-car brand rose
10.4 percent in May to a record 134,031 vehicles, helped by 30
percent growth in China, the company said on Friday.
That compared with 152,000 deliveries, or 10.8 percent
growth, at Volkswagen's Audi which has outsold Mercedes every
month this year.
Having eclipsed Mercedes in 2011 as the world's No. 2 luxury
carmaker behind BMW, Audi sold 72,516 more cars than
its Stuttgart-based rival in the first five months. Last year,
the gap was 114,000.
But launches in March of Mercedes's new C-Class saloon and
the GLA offroader may pave the way for a second-half turnaround,
analysts say. Other recent overhauls include the top-of-the-line
S-Class and the E-Class, both launched about a year ago.
"Mercedes will surpass Audi after the summer, that's when
their refreshed lineup will take off," said Hanover-based NordLB
analyst Frank Schwope.
The world's No. 3 premium automaker has a goal of pushing
sales above 1.5 million this year, after 1.46 million in 2013.
By comparison, Audi is aiming to "clearly" exceed last
year's record 1.58 million sales, while BMW is planning for
deliveries of 2 million or more, after selling a record 1.96
million in 2013.
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer and Jonathan Gould; Editing by
Jane Merriman and Mark Potter)