Porsche global sales rose 12.6 percent in September image

Porsche sold 11,888 vehicles worldwide in September, up 12.6 percent compared to the same month last year, due to strong demand from China and the United States.

However, sales in Europe dropped because of the economic downturn in the region.

In China, Porsche’s largest single market, the Stuttgart-based automaker sold 2,818 cars, accounting for an increase of 31.3 percent. In its No. 2 market, the United States, Porsche deliveries amounted to 2,736 units, up 26.1 percent compared to September 2011.

In Europe, overall sales dropped 5.1 percent to 4,067 units, while in Germany Porsche sales fell by 17 cars (-1.3 percent) to 1,325 units. However, there’s an European market where Porsche sales rose a staggering 90 percent – Russia.

The best-selling Porsche model in September was the Cayenne SUV, with a total of 6,495 units sold worldwide, accounting for more than half of the carmaker’s total monthly sales. The second best-selling model was the iconic 911, with 1,809 units (+22.2 percent). Sales of the third-generation Boxster roadster rose an impressive 71.8 percent to 1,120 units.

In the first nine months of the year, global demand for Porsche vehicles rose 14.7 percent to 104,362 units. In July, Porsche announced it expected to increase its profit this year thanks to record vehicle sales and despite high costs for model launches and factory extensions.