Audi edges ahead in German brand battle for global sales

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12 Mar, 2014 9:30am Jonathan Burn

Audi beats BMW to become biggest luxury car seller of 2014 selling 242,400 models worldwide in the first two months of the year

Competition among the three luxury German carmakers, Audi, BMW and Mercedes is fiercer than ever. In the first two months of 2014, Audi has come out fractionally on top by selling just 383 more cars than BMW at 242,400 models worldwide.

The figure is up 9.3 per cent on the same period last year, with 242,017 sales from BMW giving them an increase of 8.9 per cent year on year. Mercedes lags behind with 229,630 models sold. For the past nine years BMW has been leader of the pack in worldwide luxury car sales but its seat on the throne now appears to be under threat.

With Audi failing to hold onto the top spot for an entire year, investments of around €22billion over the next five years will see the German marque become more competitive and sustain growth. The recently launched third-generation of the Audi TT along with upcoming models such as the Q1, new Q7 and A4 will spearhead Audi’s assault on the luxury car market.

However, Audi’s UK sales remain a strong point. In 2013 it secured the top spot among the three German carmakers with sales of 142,040 against BMW’s 135,583 and Mercedes’ 109,456. Expansion in to markets such as China will help further boost sales, with Audi predicting deliveries in China will exceed 500,000 for the first time this year.

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Thats probably because BMWs latest models, including the new X5, have turned unbelievably ugly. Whoever pass off the designs need their heads examined.

The trouble with the luxury makers is that they make too many 'me too' models such as the A1, A3, Q3, 1 series, X1, X3, A class, B class. They should leave these 4 cyl, 2 litre, front-wheel-drive models to Toyota, Kia and Hyundai.

Audi and any VW Group products are dull, BMW cars are a bit weird. But Japanese or Ford, they are better cars for less money.

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