BMW’s US auto sales increased 13% in March, getting closer to its rival Mercedes-Benz.
Last month BMW sold 27, 078 units in the US, helped by increased for the X3 and X5 SUVs, while its rival Mercedes-Benz sold 24,646 vehicles, reporting an increase of 6.5%. The distance between the two automakers so far this year is 4,285 cars. BMW has been the leading premium automaker for the past two years, but if we are to consider vehicle registrations Mercedes managed to surpass BMW in last year’s results.
During the first quarter Mercedes posted an increase of 12% to 69,187 vehicles, while BMW increased 5.4% to 64,902 vehicles. Lexus also posted an increase of 15% to 23,190 units, more than doubling sales of its ES sedan. Lexus was the no.1 in annual sales for 11 years until 2011 when the natural disasters in Asia affected production and output. During the first quarter the automaker sold 56,740 units, an increase of 16%.
Audi’s sales in the US increased 14% to 13,253 units in March, the 27th consecutive month of record sales. The A4 sedan saw an increase of 20% and the Q5 SUV increased 39%. Audi also managed to set its best first quarter with 34,186 vehicles sold, up 16%.