For the first time in company history, Volkswagen's Audi brand has overtaken Mercedes-Benz in quarterly vehicle sales.
The strong sales result was a new record for Audi, which experienced sales 25.9 percent higher in the quarter compared with the same period a year ago. Audi sold 264,100 vehicles worldwide, compared to Mercedes-Benz which was only able to move 248,500 units during the same time period.
"We expect continued growth compared to last year in the second quarter of 2010," Audi sales chief Peter Schwarzenbauer said.
Audi has a strong lead in the Chinese market where the automaker sold 51,449. Mercedes sold just 24,100 vehicles in China during the same time period, with German rival BMW tallying 34,179 sales.
Audi hopes to sell up to 1.5 million vehicles per year.
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