BMW brand widens sales gap over VW’s Audi in September

City A.M. Reporter
BMW increased sales of its flagship BMW brand by over 14 per cent in September thanks to booming growth in China, helping the world’s largest premium carmaker widen the gap slightly to close competitor Audi.

“We expect to see further healthy growth in worldwide sales in the fourth quarter,” BMW brand sales chief Ian Robertson said in a statement yesterday, adding the group was “well on course” to achieving a new sales record for the full year.

BMW brand sales rose 8.6 per cent to 1.11m vehicles in the first nine months, or about 12,500 more than Audi sold during the same period.

Last week, the carmaker said it has increased sales of its flagship BMW brand in China by 55 per cent in September to roughly 27,000 vehicles.

In the first nine months, China sales gained 32.7 per cent to 219,800 vehicles.

BMW added that Mini sales rose 121 per cent to 2,631 cars in September and gained in the first nine months nearly 46 per cent to 17,256 vehicles.