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BMW June deliveries rise as small models thrive
Automotive News China | 2017/7/18

Sales of the BMW and Mini brands in China rose nearly 12 percent year on year to 50,597 vehicles in June as the company enjoyed strong demand for entry-level models.

BMW attributed the results to adequate inventories of the X1 small crossover and the successful launch of the 1-series sedan, which debuted in April at the Shanghai auto show.

The front-wheel-drive 1 series is available only in China.

BMW was in a virtual tie with rivals Audi AG and Mercedes-Benz last month as each brand struggled to dominate Chinas luxury market.

Audi, which had enjoyed a comfortable sales lead until this year, reported a 1.7 percent increase in deliveries in June to 51,900 vehicles. Mercedes sales jumped 28 percent to 50,090 vehicles. 

For the first six months, BMW eked out a razor-thin lead over its rivals, with sales rising 18 percent to 293,280 vehicles.  Audi deliveries declined 12 percent to 254,785 vehicles, while Mercedes sales increased 35 percent to 292,679 vehicles.

BMW plans to launch 14 new or revised models in China in 2017. Later this year, the company also will open a new factory to produce batteries for plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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