Porsche said it had made a strong start to 2017 with around 60,000 vehicles delivered to customers worldwide in the first quarter, up around 7% year on year for the best first quarter in its history.

The drivers of growth were China and Germany, as well as the Panamera and Macan model lines, which both saw double-digit growth.

In the first quarter of 2017, China was once again the strongest individual market with 18,126 vehicles delivered, up 10%. In Europe, the company delivered 19,084 units (7%). German sales rose 19% to 7,160 vehicles. US sales rose 4% to 12,718.

Panamera sales were "particularly pleasing", Porsche said, having exceeded last year's result by 12% with 3,630 units delivered. Deliveries of models in the 718 model line increased by 4%, totalling 6,060 vehicles. The Macan SUV reinforced its position as the best-selling Porsche with 24,797 units delivered, representing an increase of 15%.