Audi sales increased last month at a greater rate than their rivals to take the top spot in the premium car sales league.

The brand that resides under the Volkswagen group umbrella sold a total of 125,200 units in April which represents an increase of 14.4 percent. BMW meanwhile increased their sales by 7.4 percent for a total of 121,476 which proved just short of what was required to maintain top spot.

However, BMW still remain on the top of the year-top-date league table with 478,030 sales compared to Audi's 471,300 while Mercedes are languishing behind with just 418,426 units shifted.

Analysts have suggested that Audi will remain BMW's chief rival for the next four or five years with both brands busy preparing new electronically driven models. The Bavarian manufacturer will launch their new i8 sports car and i3 megacity vehicle by 2014 while Audi have e-tron versions of the A1, A3 and R8 in the pipeline.


Audi outsells BMW to close premium sales gap