Audi and BMW's winter sales boost

Strong November sales for Audi and BMW have pointed towards further signs of recovery in the global car market.

The German carmakers saw their global car sales increase dramatically in November with Audi shifting an especially large number of cars in the Chinese market, where the group's sales have more than doubled in a year.

BMW, which owns British car marques Rolls Royce and Mini, sold 90,383 BMW-branded cars for the month, up 11%.

Audi, a unit of Europe's largest auto group, Volkswagen AG, said it sold 82,750 cars for the month, compared with 75,965 in November of 2008.

The results add further credence to talk of an upturn in the market which has seen both companies' sales figures drop in the first 11 months of 2009.

"Since September, sales have been back on the growth track," Ian Robertson, BMW's board member responsible for sales and marketing, said in the company's report.

"In November we achieved another substantial increase in our global deliveries. We intend to continue this trend in December," he added.

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