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German brands reign in luxury market

By Han Tianyang (China Daily)

09:51, January 15, 2013

An Audi A6L executive sedan on display at an auto show in Hunan province. The model remained Audi's best seller in China with more than 132,000 units delivered last year. [Provided to China Daily]

Yet another year of record sales and top segment share

German automakers continued their reign in China's luxury car market last year, again reporting record sales to consolidate a dominance that is unlikely to be challenged in foreseeable future.

Audi, long the top luxury carmaker in China, sold more than 400,000 vehicles last year, up 30 percent from 2011. About 80 percent of its sales were locally made A4L, A6L and Q5 models.

The new A6L executive sedan remained its best seller in China with more than 132,000 units delivered last year, followed by more than 100,000 A4L cars and nearly 90,000 Q5 SUVs.

BMW Group ranked second in the luxury market with 326,444 cars delivered, a 40 percent rise from 2011. Its sales included 303,169 BMW cars and 23,275 MINI vehicles. Both brands set new records.

The carmaker's top three sellers are the BMW 5 Series, 3 Series and the X1, all produced at the company's joint venture in Shenyang.

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