Mercedes-Benz posted an 11 percent global sales increase in July to beat Audi (9.7 percent) and BMW (8.4 percent). The Benz’s sales were aided by the flagship S-Class sedan.
Mercedes delivered a total 130,003 cars in July, propelled by an 85 percent surge in demand for the S-Class. The GLA SUV started deliveries in March, contributing to a 31 percent jump in demand for compact vehicles in July.
BMW’s July sales amounted to 139,399 vehicles, with seven-month deliveries rising 10 percent to almost 1.03 million. A 31 percent gain comes from the sales of X5 and X4 models.
Audi sold 144,000 vehicles last month, and seven-month sales rose 11 percent to 1.01 million cars. Deliveries of the entry-level A3, which started U.S. sales of a sedan version in April, jumped 52 percent last month while demand for the A6 sedan increased 14 percent.
At the end of July, the Mercedes brand lagged behind BMW by 112,224 cars this year and was 99,827 deliveries behind Audi.