Drop in deliveries of BMW and Mini in the second quarter

Combined sales of the BMW and Mini brands in China fell 28% to 170,220 in the second quarter, due to the negative impact of pandemic-triggered lockdown measures.

In the first half of the year, BMW Group delivered 378,727 BMW and Mini vehicles, down 19% from a year earlier, the German luxury carmaker said this week, without detailing the volume for the two brands.

Combined sales of all-electric vehicles from the two brands jumped 75% in the six-month period, BMW Group added, without disclosing specific volumes.

The BMW brand sells five models of electric vehicles in China: the iX3, i3, i4, i7 and iX.

In June, BMW Group opened its third plant, a 15 billion yuan ($2.2 billion) Lydia plant, in the city of Shenyang in northeast China. It is jointly operated with partner Brilliance Automobile Holdings Group Co. and designed to produce electric vehicles for the BMW brand.

BMW Group has also created a joint venture with Great Wall Motor Co. to build fully electric vehicles for Mini. The new partnership is expected to begin production at a factory in the eastern Chinese city of Zhangjiagang in 2023.

Mercedes-Benz said its China sales fell 25% to 163,700 in the second quarter, with year-to-date volume down 19% to 355,800.

In June, local deliveries rebounded 19% from May levels, Mercedes-Benz added, without disclosing details.

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