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Mercedes, Audi enjoy record sales in 2013

El director de Productos Globales de los autos Clase-S y Roadsters de Mercedes Benz, Lutz Regelmann, describe las partes del nuevo modelo Clase-S durante su lanzamiento en Nueva Delhi, India, el miércoles 8 de enero de 2014. Mercedes-Benz registró un año record en 2013 impulsada por nuevos modelos y mayores ventas en Estados Unidos, reportó el viernes 10 de enero su fabricante, Daimler AG. (Foto AP/Tsering Topgyal)

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German luxury car makers Mercedes-Benz and Audi enjoyed record sales last year, boosted by rising demand in the United States and China.

Mercedes-Benz, which is based in Stuttgart and owned by Daimler AG, said Friday that it sold 1.462 million cars last year worldwide, an increase of 10.7 percent. Sales in the U.S., the company's largest single market, grew 14 percent to 312,534. Yet they were off 2.2 percent in Germany.

Business was boosted by the launch of new versions of the E-class and S-Class sedans. Sales of small cars such as the A-Class, B-Class and CLA coupe also did well, jumping 64 percent.

The brand said it also had its best-ever December, with sales up 11.2 percent at 139,180.

Mercedes' competitor Audi, the luxury brand of Volkswagen AG, released similarly impressive figures late Thursday. It sold a company record 1.575 million cars in 2013.

Sales jumped 21 percent in China, 13.5 percent in the U.S. and 15 percent in the U.K.