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Who Was The King Of Luxury Car Sales For 2016?

The fight for the title of top luxury cars manufacturer was a close one in 2016 – and now new figures have revealed that Mercedes-Benz pipped its German rival BMW at the post to become the world’s top-selling luxury car maker.

Mercedes sold 2.1m luxury vehicles across the world, breaking the 2m mark for the first time and growing 11.3% on 2015’s total sales. It was the firm’s best ever year for sales for the sixth time in a row – but it was certainly a close call. BMW had previously held onto the crown for many years, but last year ended up selling just 80,000 fewer cars than Mercedes, making it a very close race indeed.

SUVs in, older models out

SUVs were the biggest sellers for most firms in 2016, with Mercedes alone selling 700,000 and SUVs making up one-third of BMW’s sales. Compact cars were also popular, with 637,000 sold by Mercedes. It’s thought that BMW’s ageing lineup of models contributed to its slight decline this year, with other obstacles for the firm including slow growth in the China region, as well as uncertainty around the Brexit vote in the UK.

2016’s best luxury cars

The Mercedes S-Class is the brand’s flagship car and was one of the best offerings on the market in 2016. It offers a plethora of technological features and functions, as well as high-end luxury throughout. It’s as quiet as a mouse (even on the motorway) and incredibly relaxing to drive – the ideal luxury vehicle for anyone who spends a lot of time in their car.

There’s always a space for Rolls-Royce on any list of top luxury cars, and the Rolls-Royce Ghost certainly ticks every box you’d expect from such a brand. Though it comes in at the top end of the budget range at £200,000, you certainly get value for that price. The interior is so opulent and refined that it’s impossible to imagine anything more luxurious – and it’s also packed with exciting technological gadgets and exceptional performance. What more could you ask for in a luxury car?

The Bentley Flying Spur has been hailed for its performance, and it’s easy to see why. The models with the larger engines are capable of reaching speeds up to 200mph – but thanks to the luxurious interior and the incredibly quiet operation, it’ll feel like you’re cruising through a country village rather than zooming down a motorway.

Audi came in third in the list of top-selling luxury car manufacturers, and it’s largely thanks to its well-received A8. Visually, the car flies under the radar when compared to, say, the Rolls-Royce or Bentley models, but the technology under the hood more than matches its rivals. There are leather-heated seats, four-zone climate control and a touch-activated navigation system that helps you keep your eyes on the road. Everything you’d expect from Audi is all here, and it was one of the best sellers of 2016.

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