BERLIN -- Germany's three premium brands all reported record vehicle sales last year on booming demand for their SUVs. Mercedes-Benz brand retained the top spot in global luxury-car sales rankings for a second year, although BMW claimed the crown when all its brands are counted together.
Mercedes brand sales rose 9.9 percent to 2.29 million. Mercedes rose rose 9.9 percent to 2.29 million.
BMW, which had kept the global luxury sales crown for about a decade before slipping behind Mercedes in 2016, said deliveries were fueled by a 9.6 percent gain for its SUV lineup and a 15 percent increase for the 1 series.
BMW posted a 9.5 percent gain in December registrations to 195,916 vehicles, narrowly beating Mercedes whose sales rose 1.7 percent to 193,534 and Audi whose sales came in at 180,250, a rise of 16 percent.