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BMW sustains robust sales on strength of locally built X3 crossover
Automotive News China | 2019/5/17

BMW Groupí»s China sales kept gathering steam in April on demand for the BMW X3 crossover built at the automakerí»s joint venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings. 

Last month, the joint venture delivered 59,169 vehicles under the BMW and Mini brands in China, up 18 percent year on year, the German luxury carmaker said, without disclosing separate volumes for the two brands. 

BMW Groupí»s April sales topped those of luxury rivals Mercedes-Benz, whose deliveries rose 0.8 percent year on year to 57,707, and Audi, whose total slid nearly 12 percent to 46,364. 

BMW Groupí»s sales jump was led by the BMW X3 and 3-series sedan, according to the China Passenger Car Alliance, a Shanghai information consultancy.

In April, the locally produced BMW X3, which arrived in the market in July 2017, generated sales of 9,917.  

In addition to the X3, the BMW brand builds the X1 crossover and the 1-, 2-, 3- and 5-series sedans at BMW-Brilliance Automotive. 

Last month, sales of locally built BMW-brand models surged 31 percent year on year to 47,339, according to the China Passenger Car Alliance.

For the first four months, BMW Group said it sold 227,603 vehicles for the BMW and Mini brands, rising 12 percent from the same period a year earlier. 

Through April, Audi sales slid 0.5 percent to 205,698 while Mercedes-Benz deliveries rose 2.2 percent to 232,050.

Of BMW Groupí»s sales through April, more than 180,000 were locally built BMW-brand vehicles, a 29 percent increase from a year earlier, according to China Passenger Car Alliance.

Last year, BMW Group signed an agreement with Great Wall Motor Co. to establish a 5.1 billion yuan ($742 million) joint venture to produce electric vehicles in the east China city of Zhangjiagang. 

The partnership, due to start production in 2021, will assemble EVs for Mini as well as Great Wallí»s proprietary marques. 

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