BMW outperformed the Chinese car market with a 36.4% surge in car sales to 16,999 units in China in the first nine months of 2005, of which 11,548 cars were manufactured at its venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings.

According to Reuters, BMW said in a statement its joint venture sold 46.9% more cars during the period and outperformed the Chinese car market’s 16.8% rise to 2.8 million cars sold in the first nine months.

Of overall shipments for mainland China – excluding Hong Kong – in the first nine months of 2005, 16,767 were BMW-brand cars and 232 were Minis, the report added.