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German luxury car makers are seeing great sales numbers... German luxury car makers are seeing great sales numbers. Cars like the 2012 Audi A6 are expected only to improve their numbers (Audi).
German luxury car makers aren't suffering much in the economic downturn, posting a strong first quarter for sales, and setting new sales records. While sales are up for Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi in the U.S., it's really the emerging global markets, with China leading the way, that are boosting their business.

BMW, the world's leading premium auto manufacturer, said Friday that first quarter group sales rose 21.3 percent to 382,758 BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles -- its best result ever for the three-month period.

In March, BMW AG posted sales of 165,842 for a 12-month gain of 17 percent to surpass its previous monthly record in December 2007.

Sales of BMW brand cars gained 14.6 percent to 134,892 in March and 20.8 percent to 321,175 for the first three months of the year. Rolls-Royce sales more than doubled in the quarter to 723. Audi, owned by Volkswagen AG, reported the best quarter in its history, with an increase of 18.4 percent to 312,600 vehicles.

Daimler said sales of its Mercedez-Benz models rose 12.7 percent in the first quarter to 280,500. Mercedes-Benz's China sales jumped 78 percent in the first quarter to 42,990 vehicles.

Analysts point to many factors driving sales in the luxury sector: Executives in high-paying sectors such as banking and finance have returned to receiving bonuses; the stock market has risen to a level almost as high as it was before the 2008 meltdown; those with money enough for luxury cars before the crash of 2008 still have money; there is a lot of "new money" in emerging markets like China, India, Brazil and Russia looking for ways to spend it on luxury badged products.

Audi was able to outsell Mercedes-Benz globally in the first quarter in large part because of its surging sales in China. "With the new generation of the A6 we see even greater potential, especially in China and the U.S.," said sales chief Peter Schwarzenbauer.

Other luxury brands are enjoying surges in emerging markets too. Land Rover posted record sales in March in Russia and India. Jaguar posted record sales in China and Russia.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I love BMW's as well.... But if your actually comparing American cars of the 80's to American cars of today you're misguided. There are many opinions of American cars and I too would rather drive a german car because the handle better than American cars, but saying they are "junk" is an ignorant statement. American cars are not junk and will run just as long as a german car. American cars all have higher powertrain warranties than German cars do. If you're only buying new cars, then I doubt you will drive one for over 4-5 years anyway, so the question of reliability is a non an issue. 30 years has gone by since your last American car... think about that... 30 years! You can't hold judgjment against a product based on your experience from that long ago. Thats like sayimg a CRT TVfrom 1982 is junk compared to a Flat screen. Yeah... No sheeet.
      wiley208760031
      • 3 Years Ago
      JUST PICKED UP A 2010 AUDI A5 QUATTRO, GREAT GAS MIALEAGE , GREAT LOOKING CAR, BEEN DRIVING AMERICAN CARS ALL ALONG ,JUST HAD TO TRY AN AUDI. AGE 57
      patricknearbeer
      • 3 Years Ago
      with fuel prices about to hit 4 dollars a gallon dont expect americans to be buying many of these.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, I gotta tell ya, I never thought about it like that before. It makes sense dude. www.total-privacy.it.tc
      ollas
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone want to buy a rocket? Try a BMW 135i...then, email me and we'll talk about the one I have for sale...love it, but can't find enough time to use it properly...and, it's a 3rd car...bargain! No joke...just thought this was a good way to get the word out.
      seekerrrr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kenneth you are an enveous, hateful ass. ( Now I am lowered to your level ) Why hate another because you cannot afford the car he likes? (You brought up money, a non-issue). I can buy any carI want with pocket change and I don't buy American, sorry, except work trucks for the boys. I like German cars and also enjoy my old Lincoln, ( for what it is...)... Now I see, on AOL's first page, Ford has issued a massive re-call on Ford trucks, great!, more down time and hassle. You shouldn't be such a mean, spiteful person, mean people suck! Hmmm, to each his own I guess, suck away...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am a 26 years old nurses,young and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Anna2002 on ------Ag'eG'ap'S'ingles. C'○'M'------- .a nice club for y'ounger women and old'er men, or older women and y'ounger men, to int'eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch'eck it out or tell your friends.
      • 3 Years Ago
      But they still use gasoline!!! and with the gas prices the economy will begin another meltdown
        Rick
        • 3 Years Ago
        Which I felt TRIGGERED the First meltdown..EXAMPLE: take out a home equity line of credit on my house $200 a month....now on top of that..THEN you had to pay and EXTRA $200 amonth for gas to get to work...what do you do? Stop paying your mortgage?..OVER simplified..but think of the cost of EVERYTHING you need to trasnport, food, clothes..EVERYTHING...that went up in your life....when gas went up in price
      glen11555
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank Obama and Goverment Motors...Big bail out and still as broke as a sailor on shore leave
      jokinok1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why anyone would spend good money on an overrated, overpriced pile of junk like a BMW is a mystery to me.
      seekerrrr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hate to say it but you get what you pay for... German cars are powerful and fun to drive, a prius is and appliance for folks who just want to get from here to their as cheaply as possible. I drive with purpose and for FUN! Lead, follow or get out of the way!!!
        seekerrrr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @seekerrrr
        I can't type very well sorry, I should re-hire my girl, oops I mean personal assistant, I mean Executive Assistant or Godess or whatever... :)
      simpsonsimpmike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only homos drive BMW
        Jon!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @simpsonsimpmike
        You must one of those massive pick-up truck drivers with the shot-gun in them. Sorry for the small penis. >.<'
        Joey
        • 3 Years Ago
        @simpsonsimpmike
        You are so inbred and redneck you have so many DWI's that you have to ride a moped!!!
        Denis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @simpsonsimpmike
        Get real!
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