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BMW says August China car sales up 63.2%

BMW, the world's largest premium car maker, said its August car sales in mainland China surged 63.2% from a year earlier.

Sales of BMW and Minis came to 9,013 units last month, up from 5,523 units a year earlier, it said in a statement.

From January to August, a total of 54,263 cars were sold, up 31.3%.

Sales of BMW brands rose 32% to 51,832 units, including 27,631 BMW 3 Series and 5 Series cars made in mainland China. Sales of Minis increased 22% to 2,431 units, it said.

In the Greater China area, including mainland China, Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong, BMW sold 58,663 vehicles in the first eight months, up 23% from a year earlier, it added.

BMW operates a manufacturing venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd in the northern Chinese city of Shenyang. (Reuters)