China is responsible for more than 30% of new car sales globally and has been the biggest market for new cars since 2009.
If you break the figures down further, it makes even more sense. Last year Mercedes sold 275,000 cars in the USA and 286,000 in Germany. Even with the ongoing pandemic, Mercedes-Benz’s growth spiked by 12% in China. It sold a record 774,000 cars. The Chinese are particularly fond of the new A-Class Sedan.
Around 80% of the cars Merc sold in China were also made there. Beijing Benz Automotive is a joint venture between Mercedes and Chinese manufacturer BAIC. It currently builds the A-Class, C-Class, E-Class, EQC, GLA, GLB, and GLC. This plant is responsible for various China-only models with a specific array of features unique to the market. Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled a long-wheelbase version of the C-Class, for example. The all-new EQB, destined for introduction in the USA next year, will also be built in China.