German luxury carmakers Mercedes-Benz and Audi on Monday reported booming sales in China during February.
Volkswagen's Audi boosted unit sales by 66 percent to a record 31,352 in China, while Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz showed an increase of 57 percent to 19,205 vehicles, the companies said Monday.
Audi credited its A4 L, produced in Changchun, and the A5 as key sales drivers, with increases of 77 percent and 97 percent.
Mercedes sold more cars in China than in the U.S. for the first time, Daimler said. U.S. sales rose a healthy 17 percent to 18,808 cars and SUVs.
Worldwide sales for Mercedes cars and SUVs jumped 20 percent compared with the same month a year ago, to 95,647 vehicles. The company did well even in Western Europe outside Germany, where consumers have been unsettled by Europe's government debt crisis, with sales up 9.3 percent.
Germany's luxury automakers reaped bumper earnings last year thanks to strong demand in emerging markets in Asia and South America and a tentative economic recovery in the U.S.