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Mercedes, Audi maintain sales growth
Automotive News China | 2017/9/12

Audi AG deliveries in China rose 10 percent year on year to 54,205 vehicles in August -- enough to maintain a narrow lead over hard-charging Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes sales jumped 25 percent year on year to 50,505 vehicles in August.

BMW AG, which has been locked in a tight race with Mercedes and Audi, has not released August sales results in China.

Audi, traditionally China¡¯s top-selling luxury brand, has begun to recover from a damaging dispute with dealers over the automaker¡¯s plans to open a new distribution channel in China.

After Audi disclosed the plan late last year, dealers refused to order new vehicles until the brand canceled the proposal in May. 

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler hailed the rebound in the company¡¯s sales.

¡°August has once again confirmed clearly that Audi is back on track in China,¡± Stadler said in a statement. ¡°Following the important strategic structural decisions in the first half of the year, China is again our strongest growth engine.¡± 

The long-wheelbase Audi A4L sedan was a strong performer in August, with sales up nearly 40 percent year on year to 10,731 vehicles. Sales of the stretched A6L sedan -- the brand¡¯s best-selling model in China -- rose 12 percent to 13,069. 

In the first eight months, Audi sales declined 6.6 percent to 360,225 while Mercedes sales rose 33 percent to 391,772 units.

Mercedes said it sold a record number of Smart city cars but did not provide sales data for the brand.
 
The company expects to get a boost from the re-designed S-Class sedan, which goes on sales this month.

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