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Audi was left out of the China-led sales boom, due partly to friction with its dealers early in 2017.
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Chinese buyers spur rise in global luxury car sales

Market responsible for nearly 90% of high-end brands' growth in 2017

KOSEI FUKAO, Nikkei staff writer | China

FRANKFURT, Germany -- China accounted for almost 90% of sales growth at leading luxury automakers in 2017, The Nikkei has calculated, highlighting the huge market's power to make or break car companies' earnings.

Global sales at nine high-end brands -- BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Motor unit Lexus, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo Cars, General Motors unit Cadillac, Nissan Motor unit Infiniti and Volkswagen Group members Audi and Porsche -- increased 5% on the year to 9.42 million vehicles last year. All but Lexus logged their highest-ever annual sales, while the Japanese brand scored its second-best year on record.

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