Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)’s car sales in China surged in September, easing investors’ concerns that the world’s biggest automotive market is slowing and sending the manufacturer’s shares to a two-week high.
Deliveries jumped 59 percent to 29,631 BMW- and Mini-brand vehicles last month on demand for the extended version of the 3- Series sedan and the X1 compact sport-utility vehicle, Linda Croissant, a spokeswoman at the Munich-based company, said today by telephone. In the first nine months of 2012, BMW’s Chinese sales climbed 34 percent from a year earlier to 237,056 cars.
“This strength has legs to it,” said David Arnold, an auto-industry specialist with Credit Suisse in London. “China’s still a growth market, but the market’s normalizing, which is what we need.”