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BMW's sales advance but trail luxury rivals through first 10 months
Automotive News China | 2018/11/20

BMW Group delivered 56,439 BMW and Mini vehicles in China in October, a jump of 12 percent from a year earlier.

The carmaker attributed the increase to the locally produced BMW X3 compact crossover that arrived in China in July.

Despite the increase, BMW trails German rivals Mercedes-Benz and Audi through the first 10 months of the year in the race for luxury sales leadership in China. 

Through October, Mercedes has sold 550,938 vehicles, a 13 percent increase year on year; Audi has sold 537,886, a 14 percent rise; and BMW Group has sold 516,068, a 6.0 percent increase. 

BMW did not reveal sales of any models in October, but according to the China Passenger Car Alliance, a Shanghai consultancy, BMW Brilliance Automotive delivered more than 21,000 BMW X3s last month.

BMW Brilliance is BMW¡¯s production joint venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings.

In October, Mercedes and Audi, also increased sales in China, benefiting from the tariff cut the Chinese government enacted on imported vehicles in July.

For the month, Mercedes sales increased 9.2 percent to 50,231 while Audi deliveries rose 5.4 percent to 56,499.

On July 1, Beijing slashed tariffs on vehicle imports to 15 percent from 25 percent. But it raised tariffs on U.S.-made vehicles to 40 percent on July 6 in retaliation for the Trump administration¡¯s punitive tariffs on Chinese goods. 

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