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BMW deliveries rise in October but trail Audi, top Mercedes
Automotive News China | 2017/11/14

MUNICH -- BMW Group said China deliveries rose 14 percent year on year to 50,412 vehicles in October despite short supplies of the redesigned 5-series sedan. The automaker was still ramping up China output of the retooled 5 series last month, so inventories remained tight.

In October, BMW trailed luxury rival Audi AG, whose sales rose nearly 15 percent to 53,828 vehicles, but led Mercedes-Benz, whose deliveries rose 11 percent to 46,016.

For the first 10 months, China sales of BMW and Mini vehicles rose 15 percent to 487,069 vehicles. BMW topped Audi, whose sales for the year to date declined 3 percent to 472,498. But Mercedes edged both of its rivals, as its deliveries for the period increased 28 percent to 488,915.

To boost sales, BMW is negotiating with Great Wall Motor Co. to form a joint venture to produce Mini vehicles in China. 

The automaker also is taking steps to expand its lineup of electric vehicles in China. Last month, BMW joint venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings opened a plant in Shenyang to produce batteries for electrified vehicles.

The Shenyang plant will supply the partnership¡¯s nearby Dadong assembly plant, which produces a plug-in hybrid version of the 5-series sedan.

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