The Lincoln Motor Company ended 2016 with a 10-percent gain in U.S. sales, the best in nine years. The brand also achieved nearly a three-fold increase in sales in China, where it has become the fastest-growing luxury brand in the country.

“The momentum is both gratifying and encouraging,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of The Lincoln Motor Company. “We’re pleased that clients are recognizing the superior experiences and vehicles that Lincoln offers.” The U.S. increase comes against a backdrop of a luxury market that gained less than 1%.

Growth in 2016 for the brand was particularly robust in key luxury markets like Florida, where sales were up 10 percent in 2016.

Lincoln closed out the year strong in December, with sales up 18 percent compared to December 2015, driven by the all-new Continental. The Continental was responsible for 64 percent of Lincoln’s growth in December. Sales of Lincoln Continental in December totaled 1,845, up from November’s 1,419, outselling the Audi A6 and the Lexus GS, according to sales data reported by the respective automakers.