Germany's luxury-car brands maintained double-digit sales growth in China last month, despite a slowdown in the overall market triggered by the government's decision to eliminate various sales incentives.
Audi, China's top-selling luxury brand, says sales jumped nearly 62 percent to 27,729 units in October, as the long-wheelbase Audi A6 generated strong demand.
BMW says sales of the BMW and Mini brands jumped nearly 34 percent in October year-on-year to 18,346 units.
Daimler AG says sales of its Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands rose nearly 23 percent to 16,539 units.
In the battle for market share, all three luxury brands resorted to price-cutting this autumn.
Last month, Bloomberg News reported that BMW dealerships in Beijing offered markdowns of as much as 19 percent on a 3-series sedan.
Likewise, some Mercedes dealers sold the C-class Elegance model at 20 percent less than the suggested retail price, according to cheshi.com, a pricing guide tracking more than 3,000 dealers in the country.