Mercedes-Benz has taken the top position in global luxury sales race in the first month of 2016.

Mercedes-Benz has taken the top position in the global luxury sales race in the first month of 2016.

Sales figures for January are out and Mercedes can be quite happy with the results as they show the Daimler-owned company is leading the premium market. The automaker's sales are up by 20 percent compared to the same month in 2014 – a total of 150,814 deliveries.

The second place goes to Audi, which had the slowest growth of the three luxury brands. Sales rose by four percent, totaling in 143,150 units. BMW is third with 133,883 cars, an increase of 7.5 percent.

Interestingly, Automotive News reports BMW 7 Series deliveries reached 3,392 vehicles last month, less than half the 8,473 sales of the Mercedes S Class. It should be mentioned the sales figures for the flagship model from Stuttgart include the Coupe and Maybach versions as well.

Ola Källenius, member of the board of management in Mercedes, was happy to declare that “we continued the positive development of record year 2015 in January, and started the new year successfully.”

“We started the new year at a good pace and delivered more cars than ever before in a January,” Dietmar Voggenreiter, member of the board of management for sales and marketing at Audi, said.

“Despite many markets showing continuing volatility, we remain optimistic,” Ian Robertson, BMW’s head of sales, commented.

Source: Automotive News

Gallery: Mercedes leads Audi, BMW in January sales