Very good car sales for Mercedes-Benz in China in November. The company reported a plus of 26% year-on-year to 21.277 units. Mercedes sales are still lagging far behind Audi and BMW in the biggest car market in the world, but recent gains show great promise. Mercedes-Benz is helped by popular new models such as the China-made E-Class-L, the new S-Class, and the A & B Class that are doing unexpectedly well in China.
Daimler AG has completed to purchase of 12% of BAIC Motor, the passenger car unit of Beijing Automotive Corporation (BAIC). The two companies also agreed that BAIC will increase its stake in the Beijing-Benz joint venture by 1 percent to 51 percent to consolidate the joint venture within BAIC ahead of its IPO. At the same time, Daimler will increase its share in the newly integrated sales joint venture Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Service Co by 1 percent to 51 percent.
New spy shots of the stretched variant of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class for the Chinese car market. Wheelbase will be extended by 100 millimeter to around 2900mm for more legroom in the back, as many car buyers in China like to be chauffeured around town. The stretchy C will debut on the April 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
Spy shots showing the Mercedes-Benz GLK 260 testing in China. The GLK 260 is a new China-only variant on the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, it will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in late November and it will be launched on the China car market just before the end of this year.
The very first spy shots of the stretched variant of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class for the China car market. Wheelbase will be extended with 100 millimeter to 2900 for more space for the passengers in the back. The C-Class is made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture. Debut of the stretched variant is scheduled for the April 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
A Mercedes-Benz GLK with an ‘M’ license plate holder. The owner of the vehicle probably longs for a fast BMW, instead of stumbling around in a square shaped SUV. Or he didn’t know what the weird eMMie meant when he bought his holder. And waddabout Z9..?
Seen in the great village of Huairou some 50 kilometers north of Beijing. The Mercedes-Benz GLK is made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture. BMW doesn’t make any M-cars in China.
A very speedy and very white Mercedes-Benz E-L Class police car, seen in west Beijing by reader Stefan M., thank you for the picture! The V212 Mercedes-Benz E-L is a stretched variant of the W212 E-Class, made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture. It was recently replaced by the facelifted 2013 model, which was renamed ‘E Class L’. The lengthy Ee sure makes a fine police car. Steady in the corners and enough space in the back for a whole flock of arrested criminals. The Chinese police likes Mercedes-Benz, earlier on we saw coppers cruising the hood in a Honda’d ML.
China sales numbers of the German Three over the first six month of 2013 have just arrived, showing Audi is the big winner and Mercedes-Benz a small loser. The numbers are sales-totals for the brands, including sales of locally made cars and sales of imported cars.
Mercedes-Benz is working on a stretched variant of the CLA for the China car market. The stretched CLA will be made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture, production will start in 2015. Until then the Euro-made non-stretched CLA will be imported into China, and one white test car was seen on the back of a truck on a road near Shanghai.
New spy shots showing the new Mercedes-Benz E Class L, the China-only stretched variant of the E-Class. The new E Class L debuted on the Shanghai Auto Show in April, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in July, priced between 400.000 and 750.000 yuan. Buyers can choose between two different fronts, this rather sporty design or…