Munich-based BMW said on Thursday that sales of its BMW brand vehicles rose 13.
5 percent in July to 128,594 cars, bringing deliveries in the first seven months to 932,848 vehicles for a gain of 8.4 percent.
Runner-up Audi, Volkswagen's premium division, on Wednesday posted a 9.8 percent gain to 131,300 autos while third-ranked Mercedes-Benz said last week that July sales surged 20 percent to 116,790 cars.
BMW's year-to-date sales lead over Audi eased slightly to 21,000 cars from 24,000 after six months, but the luxury-car champion leads Daimler's premium division by 122,000 cars.
Audi and Mercedes are both seeking to replace BMW as the world's largest luxury-car manufacturer by the end of the decade.