BMW leads the pack in 2014 auto sales

2015-01-09 17:25

Germany’s luxury carmakers had a record year in 2014 thanks to expanding sales in the United States and China.

Munich-based BMW AG kept hold of first place, selling 1.81 million vehicles worldwide in 2014. That was an increase of 9.5% over 2013.

That put it ahead of Volkswagen AG’s Audi brand, which increased sales by 10.5% to 1.74 million. Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz came in third with 1.65 million, up 12.9%.

BMW marketing chief Ian Robertson said today the company was able to increase sales in all important regions thanks to strong demand for new models such as the X4, the 2-Series Active Tourer and the electric i3, which uses advanced carbon-fiber materials to save weight.

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