BMW has extended its lead over Audi and Mercedes-Benz according to the latest global sales figures.

Industry journal Automotive News reports global sales figures for June see BMW stretch its existing lead over its luxury German rivals, helped by demand from China and the US.

According to the Bavarian brand, its global sales reached 153,075 units in June – up 9.4 per cent.

Audi managed to shift 140,300 vehicles with 5.5 per cent growth, while Mercedes-Benz saw bigger growth at 8.3 per cent for its 131,609 units sold.

Hanover-based NordLB analyst Frank Schwope told the US publication that BMW is benefitting from improved design and advanced fuel-saving technologies.

“BMW has stronger momentum than Audi and Mercedes, that won’t change in the second half [of the year],” Schwope said.

Sales at the sixth-month mark see BMW, with 804,000 units for the year, ahead of Audi and Mercedes-Benz at 780,500 and 694,000 respectively.

Both Audi and Mercedes-Benz have previously outlined plans to overtake BMW in global sales by 2020.

Locally, Mercedes-Benz leads the charge of the three marques in 2013 with 10,997 sales (excluding trucks and vans) versus BMW’s 9989 and Audi’s 8151 units.

  • Hagrid

    So I guess filling all those niches paid off.

    • Dr Sheldon

      … And CREATING niches where there were none.

  • ash

    BMW = better looks, sportier, sexier. Merc = german with no personality, AUDI = over priced volkswagon

    • BringBackBangle

      Better looks? BMW should never let Bangle leave. Their cars are now so characterless and boring… They have followed Audi’s path of one design few sizes for their sedans..

      • marc

        The old 5 was his best.

      • Sumpguard

        Agree BBB. The new mercs leave the Beemers for dead in the styling arena.

        • BringBackBangle

          Quite right Sumpguard,I have to admit new a class looks so much better than ugly duckling 1series

          • WiillW

            Yeah, Benz got lucky, the A class looks awesome. 1 series coupe will look better that Big Eyed hatch when it arrives.

          • Brillzy

            Why would the coupe will look any better than the current hatch if in fact theyre sharing same face???

          • WiillW

            The coupe will just look better balanced. The M-Sport hatch looks far better than std car. I still prefer the look of old 1 series hatch though. Long nose, short cab set to the rear, had a great side profile.

      • WiillW

        BringBangleBack, I agree, “Holly-nook” doesn’t have the class of Bangle and funny thing is, people complained when he was there, now they miss him!! Go Figure.I still like current cars especially the Gran Coupe.

        • Hehdi

          Me, too! Even big Bangle boot unique. Bring back Bangle. And Johnno Howard!

  • Hehdi

    The 3 series is a decade OLD, except for the headlights and taillights.

    • Golfschwein

      He he he.

    • WiillW

      Hehdi. What?? And you derived that from what?
      BMW has a 7 year model cycle, this is at the start of the cycle. If you think its the old one with new headlight and taillights, then your right. But look harder, its evolution. instead of creating new radical shape after new radical shape like some manufacturers, BMW evolve the shape over several models then go a full revolution and create a new look on the next.

      • Hehdi

        So, you agree? Same body, different head and tail lights. I didnt say i dont like it, i keep wife but new implants are nice (wink).

      • Truman48

        Do you work for BMW WiillW? In their sales or marketing dept?

        • WiillW

          Funny enough, I used to work for BMW. But it is an “all new” car. even though it is similar, even i have to look twice and i’m a propeller head!!
          Love the comment Hehdi. Why trade, when you can do an overhaul!! lol.

  • Zaccy16

    IMO merc will have sales growth because of the a class