Audi says September sales rise 10 per cent on growing demand

City A.M. Reporter

GERMAN car maker Audi said yesterday its sales in September increased 10 per cent compared to the same month a year earlier to 150,300 luxury cars and sport-utility vehicles, on demand from the US, China and Europe.

Nine-month deliveries rose 7.6 per cent to 1.18m vehicles, the Volkswagen-owned division said, citing the Q3 and Q5 SUVs and the A3 compact as best-selling models.

The group said that since the beginning of the year, about 150,400 units of the entire A3 family have already been delivered.

By comparison, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz, whose global sales fell behind Audi in 2011, last week reported its highest-ever deliveries in September.

Volume at Mercedes rose 15.9 per cent to 142,994 vehicles, the manufacturer said on 4 October.

Luxury-market leader BMW is expected to publish monthly deliveries later this week.