BMW racked up China sales of 815,691 in 2021 to become the top-selling luxury brand in the world’s biggest car market.
Combined deliveries of the BMW and Mini brands also set a record high in China in 2021 while Mercedes-Benz, the 2020 winner, and Audi each reported a slight decline in annual sales.
BMW Group sold 846,237 vehicles under the BMW and Mini marques last year, an increase of 8.9 percent from a year earlier, the German automaker said this week. The tally is made up of 815,691 BMW vehicles and 30,546 Mini sales, according to figures disclosed by BMW Group’s China office.
Annual deliveries at Mercedes-Benz slid 2 percent to 758,863 while Audi volume dropped 3.6 percent to 701,289.
At Hongqi, a local luxury brand, volume surged 50 percent to some 300,600, according to parent China FAW Group Corp., a state-owned Chinese automaker.
Among other global luxury marques, Lexus sales edged up less than 1 percent to some 244,000 while Cadillac deliveries gained 1.4 percent to 233,000. Volvo sales rose 3 percent to 171,676.
Lincoln, a latecomer in China’s luxury vehicle market, saw annual deliveries spike 48 percent to 91,621. Of that volume, 82,835 sales, or 90 percent, were generated by three locally produced models – the Nautilus, Aviator and Corsair, according to Ford’s China unit. Lincoln for the first time sold more vehicles in China than its home U.S. market.