The German brand delivered 5,823,400 globally between January and December with 2,630,000 of those going to China alone, where demand was up by 14% on 2015. The East Asian country’s rapid growth and an 11.8% increase in deliveries for the wider Asia-Pacific region offset decreases in deliveries to Europe and the Americas.
Deliveries to Western Europe were down by 2% and Russia saw a decrease in deliveries of 5.4%. Conversely, Central and Eastern European deliveries grew by 6.9%, but with less than 225,000 cars delivered to the region, the growth had little impact on overall results on the continent.
More significant was Germany’s 7.2% decrease in deliveries – representing a loss of 43,200 cars compared to 2015 – and a 26.8% fall in deliveries for South America, with a significant 35% reduction of deliveries in Brazil, where 218,200 customers received their cars in 2016. The USA received 322,900 cars last year, a decrease of 7.6% on the year before.