The luxury segment remains the only bright spot in China’s bearish new-vehicle market, with the three largest luxury brands -- Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW – each posting double-digit sales growth for November.
Audi deliveries jumped 17 percent to 67,402 while Mercedes-Benz sales rose 11 percent to 57,902 last month. Sales at BMW and Mini advanced 12 percent to 68,366, BMW Group said, without divulging separate volumes for the two brands.
For the first 11 months, Audi deliveries gained 3.5 percent to 618,596 while Mercedes sales increased 6.3 percent to 640,933. Aggregate sales of BMW and Mini rose 14 percent to 655,783 through November.
While occupying a lion’s share of the luxury vehicle market, the German trio are also leading other foreign luxury brands in introducing battery electric models.
Audi last month launched sales of the locally produced Q2 L e-tron crossover as well as the imported e-tron crossover. Mercedes-Benz’s locally-built EQC crossover also went on sale last month.
BMW is set to start selling its first battery EV, the iX3, in 2020. The electric crossover will also be assembled in China.