Mercedes-Benz pulled off a 13 percent sales increase in July, enabling it to outsell BMW and Audi during the month and also in the first seven months of the year.
Last month, Mercedes-Benz delivered 59,435 vehicles in China. The tally pushed the brand’s cumulative China sales through July to 404,092, Daimler said.
July deliveries at the BMW brand rose 16 percent to 51,377.
BMW Group didn’t disclose the BMW brand’s China sales for the first seven months. Instead, it said the BMW and Mini brands combined sold 404,023 vehicles during the period, up 17 percent from a year earlier.
Volkswagen Group hasn’t released sales for Audi, which narrowly defended its title as the largest luxury brand in China in 2018.
But according to FAW-Volkswagen, VW’s joint venture with China FAW Group Corp., which markets locally produced and imported Audi cars, Audi’s China sales increased 6.1 percent to 56,233 in July.
Through July, Audi’s local deliveries surged 27 percent to 368,094.
While the overall new-vehicle market in China has contracted for 13 straight months, most global luxury brands have fared better.
In addition to the three major German luxury brands, Cadillac, Volvo and Lexus have also maintained growth.
Cadillac sales increased 2.8 percent to around 14,700 in July and in the first seven months, deliveries rose 2.1 percent to 129,300, according to Cheshi, a Beijing-based car website. GM only releases brand sales in China on a quarterly basis.
Volvo deliveries advanced 25 percent to 12,639 in July. The Swedish brand’s year-to-date sales rose 12 percent to 80,380.
In the first seven months, Lexus delivered 109,933 vehicles in China, an increase of 31 percent from a year earlier, the Japanese brand’s China office said, without divulging the brand’s July sales.