June was a good month for Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Volkswagen. While those German automakers had record sales, BMW was flat, though that might not be the case once 3 Series supply meets demand.
Audi – 12,664 units, up 26 percent
Audi sold 12,664 units in June, an increase of 26 percent over the same month last year as well as the best-ever month since the automaker entered the U.S. market. The A4 continues to lead the sales charts with 3707 units sold (up 2.7 percent) while the Q5 SUV had the second strongest sales at 2780 units sold (up 60.7 percent). Sales of the redesigned A6 sedan were up 226.8 percent, with 1745 units sold. The sleek A7 reported a 15.5-percent decrease with 652 sold, while the A8 was up 23.9 percent, with 597 units sold. In June, Audi sold 78 R8s and 190 TTs.
BMW – 21,725, up 0.4 percent
BMW sold 6740 3 Series models last month, representing a 26.4-percent drop compared to June 2011. The 6 Series again had the biggest gain with 642 units sold; an increase of 105.8 percent, but the X6 still outsold it by seven units. Also up was the X5 SUV (4015 units, up 27.2 percent), the 5 Series (5374, up 23.1 percent), and the 1 Series (701 sold, up 17 percent). Sales of the warm-weather Z4 convertible slipped 52.1 percent compared to the same time last year, with only 240 units sold, but X3 sales, at 2825 units, were up 18.3 percent.
Volkswagen – 38,170 units, up 34.2 percent
Volkswagen sold 208,725 units in the first half of 2012, which is a 35.4-percent increase compared to the first half of 2011. June sales were up 34.2 percent – making it the best June and best first half for the German automaker since 1973. Although the Jetta continues to be the brand’s volume leader, sales were down 20.5 percent from June last year, with 13,604 units sold including 2006 SportWagens. Sales of the all-new Passat remain strong, with 10,252 sold in June, making it VW’s second-best selling vehicle. In June, 447 Golf R hot hatches found homes; a slight increase over the previous month when it went on sale. The tamer GTI sold 1508 units (down 1.8 percent) and the Golf 2137 units (up 20.3 percent). Volkswagen SUV sales were up: Tiguan sales increased 16.9 percent for a total of 2885 units sold in June, while 794 Touaregs were sold, up from 454 units June 2011.
June 2012 proved to be the best-ever month for Mercedes-Benz. Part of the increased sales comes from the refreshed C-Class lineup, which was up 40.8 percent to 6506 units last month. The E-Class sedan, coupe, and convertible lineup was flat, at 5589 units sold while the M-Class SUV — Mercedes’ third-best selling vehicle in June — was down 5.9 percent, with 2891 units sold. The large GL SUV didn’t fare as well, with a 25.0-percent drop to 1938 units. The S-Class was down to 981 units sold in June, a decrease of 16.1 percent. The German automaker only sold 58 CL coupes in June, but also moved 86 SLS AMGs.
Source: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen
Zach Gale contributed to this post.