Automotive News reports that BMW has managed to hold onto the title of world's best-selling premium automaker through September. The company's core brand saw its sales increase by 9.3 percent last month, putting BMW ahead of Audi and Mercedes-Benz at the same time. Audi sales in September increased by 17 percent while Mercedes-Benz saw its sales jump by a more modest two percent. BMW says the recent results underscore the fact that the automaker is well on its way to deliver more than 1.6 million vehicles globally this year.

Mini alone enjoyed a sales increase of 20.5 percent last month, thanks in part to the arrival of the new Countryman. The model has sold 76,000 units worldwide since going on sale nearly a year ago. Meanwhile, vehicles like the BMW X1, X3 and 5 Series helped push the automaker's increase as well. Sales of the X3 shot up by 260.6 percent to 11,345 units last month. Even Rolls-Royce enjoyed a 41-percent sales surge through the first nine months of the year.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 16 Comments
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi is ajoke with their FWD
      John Hughan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've always thought the "Best-selling premium make" is a dubious title. Premium implies exclusivity, but best-selling negates exclusivity as increased market take dilutes the exclusivity. It's like claiming that you're the world's tallest midget.
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Hughan
        premuim implies a higher price than mainstream. that's all.
        stuck in 90s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Hughan
        Still great news for the ladies to know that you have the world's longest midget ... why would you hide it?
      Dvanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rolls Royce a 41% surge during an economical crisis??? I guess that stuff about the top 1% is true.
      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      With a new 3er coming this will only accelerate.
        Tuga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        Audi has a new A3 coming out, MB has the new A and B-Klass... It's not as simple as that.
          Dvanos
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tuga
          Only the A3 poses true competition to BMW, the A and B class don't, those little boxes can't even scare mini.
          Tuga
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tuga
          @Dvanos Those little boxes sell over 200k units a year.
        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        Agreed, although bimmerpost.com is showing some dashboard spy shots that have me worried that the interior went more towards the New 1 Series' look rather than the 5 series. Love the 5 series interior, not so big on the new 1 series interior.
          CuriousG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          Actually, I was just in Munich and sat in the brand new 1-series. Frankly, we should count ourselves lucky if that is what the 3 is based on. It was a HUGE leap and very stylish.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bet winter will shift it in Audi' favor.
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        Yes, because winter has never happened before on this planet. 2011 will mark the first winter on planet earth. BMW is in trouble now.
        Dvanos
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        It doesn't snow everywhere.
      Georg
      • 3 Years Ago
      01-09.2011 BMW 1.021.927cars growing at 14.5% Audi 973.200 cars growing at 17.4% Mercedes 919.288 cars growing at 7.6% not a big lead of BMW
      DeeDee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mini have become premium segment cars?
    • Load More Comments