BERLIN (Reuters) -- Audi increased vehicle sales by 10 percent last month to a record 137,700 on strong demand from China, the U.S. and Germany.
Strong sales of the A3 compact and the revamped TT sports car helped fuel volumes last month, Audi said in a statement today.
"We have made a good start to the year although global economic uncertainties remain considerable," Audi sales chief Luca de Meo said in the statement, adding that January sales laid the ground for another increase in volumes this year.
With overhauls of its top-selling A4 sedan and the flagship Q7 SUV coming to dealerships this year, and more SUV offerings in the pipeline, Audi's advantage over Mercedes may expand to 178,000 cars by 2020 from 136,000 last year, research firm IHS Automotive said.
By comparison, the gap between the top-selling luxury brand BMW and Audi may widen to 92,000 vehicles from 69,000, IHS said, leaving the ranking in the three-way German contest unchanged.
Audi’s sales rose 15 percent to 51,248 in China, its No. 1 market, last month. U.S. sales were up 14 percent to 11,541. European sales increased 4.7 percent to 56,300, despite a 13 percent slide in Russia. In Germany, Audi’s biggest single market in Europe, sales grew 14 percent to 19,804.
Audi outsold rival Mercedes-Benz brand, whose January sales rose 14 percent to a record 125,865. BMW is expected to publish January deliveries later this week.