November 10, 2013

BMW Group sales reach all-time high in October; global deliveries climb 5.2 per cent

Worldwide demand for BMW Group vehicles continues to develop positively. The company reported record monthly sales once again in October. With 165,851 (previous year: 157,621) BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered worldwide, sales
were 5.2 per cent higher than in the same month last year. Between January and October 2013, sales increased by 7.3 per cent to reach a new all-time high of 1,602,018 vehicles (previous year:1,493,154).

"We remain on track with a new all-time high in sales in October and in the first ten months, despite the continued headwinds in some European markets. We are confident that sales will continue to develop positively until the end of the year and we will continue to strive for profitable growth. The BMW Group maintains its position as the leading manufacturer of premium vehicles worldwide," said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW.

BMW brand sales climbed 5.4 per cent to 140,057 vehicles in October (previous year: 132,826). In the first ten months of the year, BMW delivered 1,349,642 vehicles, an increase of 8.6 per cent (previous year: 1,242,819).

A total of 131,343 BMW X1 vehicles were delivered to customers from January to October 2013, an increase of 12.6 per cent over the previous year (116,608). More than 500,000 BMW X1 vehicles have been sold since its market launch in late 2009. The BMW X3 also continued its successful course, with a 6 per cent increase in sales to the end of October, to reach a total of 127,730 vehicles (previous year: 120,502). Around a million of these highly-successful models have been delivered since the first-generation was introduced in January 2004.

The BMW 3-series remains an important growth driver, with a substantial increase in sales of 26.1 per cent to 408,217 (previous year: 323,755) vehicles in the period under review. Around 600,000 customers have purchased a BMW 3-series since the market launch of the sixth generation in February 2012.

Sales of the BMW 5-series, which, like the BMW 1-series, 3-series, 6-series and 7-series, is the market leader in its segment, rose by 3.2 per cent to 301,164 units (previous year: 291,820). The BMW 6-series also reported strong gains, with an increase in sales of 21.6 per cent to 22,764 vehicles (previous year: 18,720).

Mini reported an all-time sales high of 25,420 vehicles worldwide in October (previous year: 24,483/ +3.8 per cent) and a new record for the first ten months of the year, despite persistent market challenges in Europe: Mini sold 249,702 cars worldwide (previous year: 247,697/ +0.8 per cent) during this period.

At BMW Motorrad, retail sales climbed 10.3 per cent in October to 8,376 units (previous year: 7,596). A total of 101,530 motorcycles and maxi scooters were delivered to customers between January and October (previous year: 93,540/ +8.5 per cent).

The BMW Group reported sales growth in nearly all of its markets in the first ten months of the year.

In Europe, BMW Group sales to the end of October remained at the same level as last year, with a total of 711,918 vehicles delivered (previous year: 711,199/ +0.1 per cent).

In Asia, sales for the first ten months climbed 17.7 per cent to 469,434 vehicles (previous year: 398,869). In Mainland China, the company increased retail sales by 20 per cent year-on-year with 317,822 deliveries (264,884). Year-to-date, the BMW Group also reported strong gains in other Asian markets, including Japan (51,091/ +12 per cent) and South Korea (32,641/ +18.8 per cent).

In the Americas, the BMW Group sold 366,661 vehicles from January to October, an increase of 11.1 per cent over the previous year (330,042). Over the same period, the company delivered a total of 295,474 vehicles to customers in the US (previous year: 267,267/ +10.6 per cent).


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