The automotive market in China is expanding, and it's doing so quickly. Chinese car shoppers helped the industry grow 33 percent in 2010. Luxury automakers enjoyed even more prosperity with a 75-percent increase in sales. So what brand catches the eye of a Chinese consumer looking to put some luxurious wheels in his driveway? Not American ones, apparently.
Germany has a strong hold on the Chinese luxury market. Nine of the top ten luxury vehicles sold in 2010 to a Chinese buyer were German. Lexus somehow snuck on the list, but there is nary an American automaker in sight. In fact, Cadillac, which saw a 139 percent sales increase last year, sold 17,000 vehicles there in 2010. Audi, by comparison, sold 115,353 A6L sedans alone.
Now, that 115k+ performance is quite ahead of the rest of the pack. However, even the 10th-best-selling luxury model in China's 2010 buying market ( BMW 3 Series) sold over 12,000 units. Audi also saw success with its A4, which placed second in sales by moving 58,466 examples.