(Reuters) - Nissan Motor's <7201.T> premium brand Infiniti sold more than 230,000 vehicles globally in 2016, a 7 percent annual rise, Infiniti said on Wednesday, a record year for a marque that trails rivals in the increasingly crowded premium market.
The brand distantly lags German luxury competitors like BMW AG <BMWG.DE>, which can sell almost as many vehicles in a single month, and second-tier luxury leaders like Toyota's <7203.T> Lexus, which sells at least twice as many cars each year.
Infiniti annual sales grew 4 percent year-on-year in the United States, its largest market, to more than 138,300, while China sales rose 3 percent to 41,590.
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In December, Infiniti sold 27,200 vehicles globally.
(Reporting by Jake Spring in BEIJING; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)