BERLIN (Reuters) -- Audi sales increased 11 percent in November to 146,250 vehicles, the automaker’s best-ever result for that month, bolstered by double-digit growth in China and the United States.
Deliveries through November w ere up 10 percent to 1.59 million, already beating last year's record 1.58 million in sales, Audi said in a statement on Tuesday.
Despite the gain, the monthly increase still fell short of rival Mercedes-Benz, which posted a 13 percent gain in November sales to a record 150,742 cars, extending year-to-date sales by 12 percent to 1.49 million. Mercedes is benefiting from the release of new models and surging demand in China.
Audi passed Mercedes in 2011 to become the world's No. 2 premium automaker behind leader BMW.
Audi’s sales rose 19 percent to 52,544 in China last month, while deliveries in Europe rose 2 percent to 58,750. U.S. sales were up 22 percent to 16,640.
The UK was once again Audi's best performing European market in November as sales rose 22 percent to 11,295. In Germany, Audi’s home market, sales slipped 4 percent to 19,901.