BMW Group September sales rise 6.7 per cent

During the month, the German automaker improved sales in nearly all of its markets.

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BMW Group has sold 189,675 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles worldwide in September, an increase of 6.7 per cent compared to 177,726 units for the same period last year despite challenging economic environment in Europe.

During the month, BMW brand global sales grew by 7.6 per cent to 158,029 vehicles against 146,852 in 2012, primarily driven by the BMW 3 Series, which amounted to 44,752 vehicles.

MINI brand sales grew by 2.5 per cent to 31,313 vehicles compared to 30,563 units for the same period last year. The brand saw growth in key markets like the US, Mainland China, and Japan.

BMW Motorrad achieved a new all-time retail high during the month with 9,264 units compared to 9,215 units for the same period last year.

The German automaker improved sales in nearly all of its markets during the month. Region wise, group sales in Asia grew by 18 per cent, Americas by 8.3 per cent, and Europe by 0.7 per cent.

Ian Robertson, responsible for sales and marketing at BMW, said: “Despite initial signs of stabilisation in the European automobile market, conditions in many countries remain challenging. However, we have been able to keep our European sales on a similar level year over year and once again reported major gains in the US and Asia.”

Sales grew by 7.5 per cent to a new all-time high of 1,436,178 vehicles in the first nine months of 2013, compared to 1,335,502 units for the same period last year.

For the year-to-date (January to September), 1,209,598 vehicles of BMW brand were sold, an increase of 9 per cent compared to 1,109,962 units for the same period in 2012. Sales of BMW X1, BMW 3 Series, and the BMW X3 also grew in the first nine months of 2013.

In the first nine months of the year, MINI model sales grew by 0.5 per cent to 224,280 vehicles, compared to 223,214 for the same period last year, despite continued headwinds in Europe.

The company performed strongly in China and the Middle East, however in some markets like mainland Europe business conditions remained challenging.

From January to September 2013, supplies of motorcycles and maxi scooters totalled 93,154 units compared to 85,944 units in 2012.

The group operates 28 production and assembly facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.