Report: BMW leads German luxury global sales race

Closing up September sales, where it sold 128,446 units (an increase of 9.3 percent), BMW stays on course to remain the world’s top-selling luxury automakers.

“At the end of the third quarter we find ourselves well on course to deliver our target of more than 1.6 million vehicles in 2011 and to remain the clear number one among premium manufacturers once again this year,” BMW’s head of sales Ian Robertson said in a statement Monday.

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Overall, BMW Group vehicles including Mini and Rolls Royce grew 16 percent in the first 9 months of 2011 – selling a total of 1.23 million units.

Sales of the BMW X3, X1 and 5-Series are credit for the sales jump.

Mercedes-Benz said last month that sales of its Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands could surpass 1.35 million in 2010. The Mercedes-Benz brand has sold 919,288 units in the first nine months of the year. Audi hopes to beat BMW by 2015 and is targeting sales of 1.3 million this year. So far this year, Audi has sold 973,200 units, an increase of 17.4 percent.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News