German car manufacturers Audi and BMW sold fewer luxury vehicles in January than rival Mercedes-Benz, which has benefited from the increased demand for its compact cars and SUV's in China.
Mercedes-Benz posted 52 percent jump in its Chinese deliveries, dwarfing its rivals, BMW and Audi, who reported only single-digit gains.
"Mercedes still has the strongest product momentum and should come out on top of global sales rankings at the end of 2016," Hamburg-based M.M. Warburg analyst Marc-Rene Tonn said, citing the brand's comeback in China.
Last year, Mercedes-Benz pushed Audi back to the second place in global sales for the first time since 2010.