Audi Drops To Third Place In Global Luxury Car Sales Rankings

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German luxury car manufacturer Audi dropped to third place behind rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW in global sales rankings. But 2016 was a great year for Audi as its deliveries rose to a new record despite the diesel emission scandal.

On Saturday, a spokesman said that the sales of luxury cars and sport-utility vehicles (SUV) of Audi have increased from 1.80 million in 2015 to 1.87 million in 2016. Despite the diesel emission scandal, the growth of the Audi is remarkable.

The company raised the deliveries in the United States by 4 percent where Volkswagen's was found guilty for the emission test in 2015. In Britain, Audi managed to increase the sales by 6.4 percent which is its No. 2 European market. The growth figures were first reported by German daily newspaper Die Welt in its Saturday edition.

Audi is set to announce the official sales figures for December on Monday. The figures will reveal why the firm has dropped into third place from second in terms of global luxury car brands.

In an interview with Die Welt, Dietmar Voggenreiter, Audi AG Chief has said that the company may start selling diesel-powered vehicles again in U.S. After the emission test cheating scandal, the diesel model deliveries were banned.

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Story first published: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 16:00 [IST]
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