It was a good April for BMW (and MINI) in China, as the carmaker managed to outsell both Mercedes-Benz and Audi, as reported by Autonews.

In the previous month, the marque shifted 48,869 units, representing a year-on-year increase of 39%. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz notched up 47,627 units in sales (35% increase), with Audi seeing a decline in deliveries by 6.9% to 46,166 units.

The report notes that Audi’s lacklustre sales is a result of its inability to resolve a dispute with dealers over its plans to launch a new distribution network in China, resulting in Audi dealers there refusing to order new vehicles.

As for year-to-date numbers, the first four months of 2017 saw BMW deliveries increase by 18% to 191,697 units. The company is aiming to retain its encouraging sales growth by doubling production in China to 600,000 vehicles over the next five years.

In China, BMW has a production joint venture (50:50 split) with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, and plans to upgrade its assembly plants to produce electric vehicles, in line with demand for such vehicles there.