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China boosts German sales

2009-12-08 16:52
BMW joined Audi and Daimler on Tuesday in reporting stronger November deliveries as the Chinese market in particular boosted sales of luxury German automobiles.

BMW said global deliveries rose by 11.5% on a 12-month basis to 107 686 vehicles as a recovery that began in September gained traction.

As was the case with Audi and Daimler, China stood out with a gain of 39.7% to 8 740 vehicles from BMW and its British brand Mini.

BMW noted that overall sales in the 11 months since January had fallen by 12.2% from the same period in 2008 to 1.162 million vehicles, however, after luxury car makers took a hit early this year.

The group nonetheless topped its German rivals in the January-November period since comparable Daimler sales came to 1.02 million and Audi reported deliveries of 870 600 autos.

"Growth track"

"Since September, sales have been back on the growth track," sales director Ian Robertson said in a statement, adding: "We intend to continue this trend in December."

Audi said earlier that it had sold 8.9% more cars in November on a 12-month basis, with Chinese sales leaping by 101.9% to 16 503 vehicles as the company surpassed its annual sales target there, a statement said.

Daimler reported on Monday that it had sold 8 500 cars in China last month, "almost three times as many as in the previous month" in what was now Daimler's fourth biggest market.

Demand for luxury cars has grown globally, boosting a market segment that was slammed by the economic downturn.

Government subsidies to scrap old cars generally benefited smaller, cheaper models and groups like BMW and Daimler in particular had been left by the wayside early this year.

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