FRANKFURT -- Audi's global vehicle sales rose 6.7 percent to 164,150 last month, boosted by gains in Europe and China and increased demand for its SUVs.
Audi said sales of the new Q7 large SUV jumped 80 percent to 9,050 in May, while sales of the smaller Q3 crossover rose 20 percent to 19,700.
In a statement today, Dietmar Voggenreiter, Audi's sales chief, called the results a "strong signal" for the launch of the automaker's Q2 model, which will go on sale in Europe in the fourth quarter.
In Europe, Audi sales increased 9.7 percent to 76,000, including a 13 percent surge to 28,031 in the brand's German home market. U.S. deliveries rose 1.6 percent to 18,728, while China volume was up 5.5 percent to 50,002.
Five-month deliveries were up 5.3 percent to 784,250.