Jan. 16, 2012 (China Knowledge) - BMW AG, the world's largest premium car maker by sales volume, sold 232,586 BMW and Mini models in China last year, reflecting a year-on-year increase of 37.6% from 168,998 vehicles.
China is currently the Germany-based auto maker's third largest market worldwide.
In Greater China, including Hong Kong
, the company sold 37.2% more BMW and Mini vehicles last year with total sales reaching 250,658 units.
BMW's best-selling models in China were the 7 Series with total sales of 33,500 units in 2011, while the X Series of SUVs also performed well with 46,042 units sold. Sales of the new 5 Series in the country surged 68% from a year earlier to 70,850 units.
Sales of the Mini models totaled 15,518 units in China last year, up 47.7% year on year, while the new Mini Countryman's sales exceeded 5,000 units.
The German auto maker's second-hand vehicle sales in China last year doubled that in 2010, said a person familiar with the matter without disclosing details.