Here is one car company that didn’t profit from Japan’s losses in China: Mercedes sales in China were down 3.9 percent to about 15,900 units in October, Reuters says. Daimler blamed the “very strong” sales of October 2011.
Globally, Mercedes-Benz sales were up 6 percent in October to 109,632 units. In the first the months of the year, Mercedes sold 1.07 million cars, up 5.1 percent. Reuters snidely remarks that BMW and Audi had each” already sold roughly 1.10 million vehicles before the month of October even began.”
In October, Audi distanced Mercedes even more. Audi’s worldwide October sales were up 13.9 to around 123,600 units, the company says. Some 1,221,150 units were sold in the first ten months. Audi gained 29.5 percent in China in October on sales of 35,899 units. January-October Audi sold 332,959 units in China.