Luxury Car Sales Surged In the First-Half

Luxury car sales in China grew at a much faster pace than the overall auto market in the first six months of 2010. Audi, currently the most popular brand in the upscale segment, delivered 108,600 units, up 64% year-on-year, including 93,993 made by FAW Volkswagen and 14,607 imported–jumping 139% from a year ago.

Audi’s two main rivals sold less cars in China, but gained more in percentage. BMW, through a partnership with Brilliance Auto, sold 71,004 units, up 98% year-on-year, while sales of Mercedes-Benz cars rose 120% to 59,400 units.

Cadillac, from Shanghai GM, enjoyed a even higher half-year growth–154%, delivering 7,478 units. Volvo, bought by Geely from Ford earlier this year, sold about 15,500 units, which also more than doubled year-earlier level.