VW's Audi posts 2.3 percent rise in July sales

August 11, 2016 5:06 AM EDT

The Audi logo is seen at the entrance of the Audi powerplant in Brussels, Belgium September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman


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BERLIN (Reuters) - Audi sold 2.3 percent more cars in July on growing demand for the redesigned top-selling A4 saloon, though kept trailing behind German luxury rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz .

Audi's global sales increased to 149,400 cars and sport-utility vehicles from 146,073 a year earlier, the Ingolstadt-based carmaker said on Thursday, with its year-to-date deliveries up 5.2 percent to 1.10 million cars.

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz last week posted a 9.4 percent increase in sales to 163,770 cars, its best-ever July result, compared with a 4 percent gain at BMW's core brand to 153,392.

After seven months, Mercedes-Benz is on course to become the world's biggest luxury carmaker by sales, replacing BMW which has kept the lead since 2005.

(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Maria Sheahan)



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