[dropcap]A[/dropcap]udi has consecutively sustained the lead in luxury car sales, edging out BMW AG’s namesake brand and fast growing Mercedes Benz in April and May 2015 respectively, the German car maker affirmed.
Audi reported that the first five months of 2015 increased 11.7% from last year to 73,353 vehicles while in May 2015 sales rose 11.0% to 18, 428 vehicles, total that stands as the second-best month since the brand was launched in the United States market 45 years ago.
The brand has similarly achieved significant sales growth in Nigeria with more than 400 units sold since the beginning of the year, Anurag Shah, Audi Centre Head of Sales and Marketing said.
Shah attributed the growing popularity of the brand to ingenuity and some intriguing Audi models that were recently launched.
Meanwhile the best Audi sale ever in the U.S. market was in December 2014 with 19,238 cars and SUVs.
Audi said May 2015 was best month on record for the A3 and S3 sedan models with 3,035 cars sold, as well as for the A3 Cabriolet with 458 cars sold. Combined, the 3,493 A3 and S3 sales trailed only the 4,280 sales of the popular Audi Q5 and SQ5 crossovers in the Audi results. “A year after launching the new A3 models, we are seeing payoff from our bold decision to re-imagine a key component of the Audi lineup and take advantage of a luxury car segment poised to take off,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America.
He said: “The record sales for the A3 and S3 sedans, along with the A3 Cabriolet, show this was a risk well worth taking. And we aren’t done yet with the all-new A3 Sportback e-tron coming this fall as the first plug-in Audi.
Notwithstanding, May represented strong demand for Audi luxury SUVs with a 36.7% increase in May sales encompassing the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7 models. The Q5 posted an 11.6% increase from a year earlier, and the Q7 posted a 25.3% increase from last May. The Audi Q3 wasn’t available in May 2014.
Audi Certified pre-owned vehicle sales also achieved their second-highest total for any month and the best May ever with a 5.8% gain on 4,405 CPO vehicles sold. Audi CPO sales year-to-date increased 8.3%.
Audi currently holds the longest running record sales streak in the premium car market according to a competitive sales report from motorintelligence.com