Volkswagen is the best-selling car brand in China.

It has experienced growth year on year for a decade now, hitting three million annual sales for the first time in 2016 and currently enjoying a market share of around 14%.

Its best-selling models are saloons and, as with the popularity of SUVs in Europe, this has led to a huge range of them.

“One of the factors is that in China, much more often than in the West, car owners make use of a driver,” explains Ralf Dennissen, head of communications at Volkswagen China.

“There are more than 160 cities with more than one million inhabitants. Traffic is often dense and commuting takes longer, so hiring a driver makes sense. The owner sits in the rear, so a business-like bodystyle with a separate boot is best.