Luxury Carmaker Sells Over 5,000 Units In May, Breaking Monthly Sales Records For Third Consecutive Month
Daimler hopes growing demand in China will offset plummeting demand in developed markets
China Knowledge reports on findings by Mercedes-Benz that China remains one of the luxury carmaker’s sole global bright spots amid the ongoing economic downturn. Figures from Mercedes show that more than 5,200 Mercedes and Smart cars were sold in China last month, which the automaker attributed mainly to their “broad product line-up” and growing brand appeal in the Mainland market.
Posted in Automobile, China, Economy, Luxury
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Formerly Budget-Focused Brands Like Geely Shifting To Lucrative High-End Consumer Segment
The Chinese middle class is an important and growing consumer segment, and Chinese domestic brands are increasingly relying on this group's future purchasing power to drive global growth
The Wall Street Journal has a great profile today about Chinese auto brands that have shifted 180 degrees in the last few years, changing their target market from the younger, budget-conscious first-time car buyer to wealthier buyers who may already own one or more vehicles. This represents a very significant change in tactic on the part of Chinese automakers, who until recently had all but given up on this consumer bracket, apparently convinced that it would be impossible to compete with foreign luxury carmakers like Mercedes and BMW, two brands that have made commanding inroads in the China market.
Posted in Automobile, Business, China, Economy, Luxury
Tagged Automobile, benz, bmw, BYD, chery, China, ford, geely, Luxury, mercedes, porsche, saab, vehicle, wealth