Sales at Mercedes-Benz and BMW Group’s BMW and Mini brands surged across China last month in another sign consumer activity is resuming in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Mercedes-Benz sales jumped 22 percent to 207,107 in the second quarter, Daimler AG said.
Mercedes-Benz first-half deliveries in China edged up 0.4 percent to 346,067, reflecting a sharp decline in the first quarter, when many showrooms and assembly plants were idled because of the coronavirus.
Combined second-quarter sales at BMW and Mini advanced 17 percent to 212,617, BMW Group said, without disclosing separate volumes for the two brands.
Aggregate first-half deliveries of the two brands in China dropped 6 percent to 329,069.
China is the only regional market where Mercedes-Benz and BMW have recorded sales gains during the pandemic.
Daimler and BMW have stopped releasing monthly sales in China because of disruptions the outbreak had on local operations.
Another major German luxury brand, Audi, hasn’t revealed its latest sales results in China.
Among second-tier luxury brands, Cadillac sales slipped 12 percent to 58,500 in the second quarter, according to General Motors, which no longer reports monthly results.
By contrast, Lincoln deliveries rose 12 percent to 13,897 during the quarter, according to Ford Motor Co.
Volvo’s China deliveries grew for the third straight month, rising 14 percent to 15,105 in June. In the first six months, the Swedish car brand’s local sales dipped 3 percent to 65,741.