SHANGHAI -- BMW outperformed the market with a 36.4 percent surge in car sales to 16,999 units in China in the first nine months of 2005, of which 11,548 cars were manufactured at its venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings.
Germany's BMW, which makes its marquee sedans in the country with local partner Brilliance, said in a statement its venture in the icy northeast sold 46.9 percent more cars during the period.
The European car maker handily outperformed the Chinese car market's 16.8 percent rise to 2.8 million cars sold in the first nine months.
The data suggested a turnaround from 2004, when BMW saw vehicle sales in China slide 16 percent to 15,480 cars in 2004, including imports, BMW executives said in February.
Of overall shipments for mainland China -- excluding Hong Kong -- in the first nine months of 2005, 16,767 were BMW-branded cars and 232 were MINIs.
BMW counted itself the second-largest luxury car vendor in China in 2004, behind Volkswagen AG's Audi brand but ahead of DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes-Benz.
Overall car sales in the country grew 15 percent in 2004 after almost doubling in 2003, hit my government-ordered credit tightening steps to cool a red-hot economy.
Analysts expect sales in the world's third-largest vehicle market to grow by 10 to 15 percent this year.