Mercedes-Benz sales up 32% in China during July

German luxury automobile manufacturer Daimler sold 48,588 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in China during July, a year-on-year increase of 32 percent, thanks to high demand for the long-wheelbase E-class saloon.
 
Known as a sedan in the US, the China-made saloon was ‘especially popular’ last month, according to a Mercedes-Benz written statement quoted by Chinese website Huanqiu. However, no exact figures were released.
 
Purpose-developed for China and built in the country, the long-wheelbase version is available as both a saloon and a sports saloon on the Chinese market.
 
By sales, Mercedes is currently the third most popular luxury car brand behind BMW and Audi, the latter of which saw sales increase 10 percent during July.
 
However, in the first seven months of the year, Audi’s unit sales decreased year-on-year by 9.1 percent to 306,000, while Mercedes-Benz sold 341,000 cars, a 34 percent increase. BMW have yet to release their figures.
 
Last month, Daimler pledged US$46m of Series B funding to Beijing-based self-driving tech start-up Momenta, which plans to make self-driving cars a reality.

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