Audi’s October sales growth lags BMW, Mercedes

Audi expects the new A4 to help boost sales.

FRANKFURT — Audi’s global vehicle sales rose by 2 percent to 149,200 in October, the automaker said on Thursday in a statement.

The growth lagged behind a 6.3 percent gain to 164,915 vehicles at BMW’s namesake brand and a 10 percent surge to 155,189 cars at Mercedes-Benz.

Audi said it was on track to achieve another sales record in 2015, adding that monthly sales continued to develop positively in October despite the wait for a changeover to the new A4 midsize model, which begins sales in Europe this week and is expected to boost future sales.

Audi’s China deliveries slipped 2.8 percent last month to 46,763, while U.S. sales increased by 17 percent to 17,700. Europe volume rose 3.4 percent to 67,350.

Mercedes is poised to overtake Audi this year as the world’s second-largest maker of luxury cars toppling the VW unit, which has held the No. 2 ranking since 2011. Premium-market leader BMW is attempting to fend off their efforts to take the top spot by the end of the decade.

In the first 10 months of the year, Audi’s sales were up 3.6 percent at 1.5 million vehicles, compared with a 5.8 percent increase at BMW to 1.56 million cars and a 15 percent jump at Mercedes to 1.53 million.

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