November 11, 2014

BMW Group's global October sales achieves 11.1 per cent growth

Demand for BMW Group vehicles increased in October with global sales for the month higher than ever before. A total of 184,297 BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles were delivered worldwide (previous year: 165,854/+11.1 per cent). In the first ten months of the year,
BMW Group sales rose 7 per cent, totalling 1,714,197 vehicles (previous year: 1,602,020).

"We are seeing good sales development across the model range and all sales regions have recorded positive growth in October. This record month means we are well on track to achieve our target of selling more than two-million vehicles by the end of the year," said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW.

Sales of BMW brand vehicles climbed 10.8 per cent to total 155,120 vehicles in October, a new high for the month (previous year: 140,060). The brand also achieved a new record for the first ten months of the year with 1,474,632 vehicles delivered to customers, an increase of 9.3 per cent on the same period last year (1,349,644).

The BMW 2-series Active Tourer, which only went on sale at the end of September, has been delivered to a total of 3,011 customers. Sales of the BMW 3-series continue to grow, increasing 3.4 per cent in the year-to-date (391,449/previous year: 378,440). The recently introduced BMW 4-series vehicles have been delivered to 92,760 customers worldwide so far this year and the BMW X4 has achieved sales totalling 11,416 since it came onto the market in July. Sales of the BMW 5-series show steady growth, up 2.8 per cent compared to the first ten months of last year (309,563/previous year: 301,180). Deliveries of the extremely popular BMW X5 continue to show very strong growth, up 37.9 per cent in the year-to-date (117,418/previous year: 85,150).

Sales of BMW i vehicles continued to grow in October. The month saw 1,985 BMW i3s delivered worldwide, taking the year-to-date total to 12,184. A total of 419 BMW i8s were handed over to customers in October (year-to-date: 760). That brings the total of BMW i vehicles sold this year to just under 13,000.

Mini brand achieved its best October sales ever. A total of 28,834 vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide, an increase of 13.4 per cent compared to the same month last year (25,420). Sales of the all-new third-generation core Mini three-door model leapt 53.7 per cent compared to last October (15,920/previous year:). Year-to-date Mini sales still reflect the model change earlier this year; deliveries total 236,363, down 5.3 per cent on the first ten months of last year (249,702).

BMW Motorrad sales reached a new all-time high of 109,052 units in the first ten months of the year. This marks an increase of 7.4 per cent compared to the previous year (101,530). In October, 8,835 motorcycles and maxi-scooters were delivered to customers (previous year: 8,376/+5.5 per cent).

Deliveries of BMW Group vehicles have increased in all sales regions in October.

Sales of BMW and Mini brand vehicles in Europe rose to a total of 78,483 in October, up 11 per cent on the same month last year (70,737). October saw double-digit sales growth in several European markets. For example, sales in France were up 24.9 per cent, with a total of 6,550 BMW and Mini brand vehicles delivered to customers (previous year: 5,244). Customer deliveries in Italy totalled 6,004, a rise of 20.4 per cent compared to the same month last year (4,986). Deliveries for the first ten months of the year are up 4.1 per cent in the region, totalling 741,340 (previous year: 711,920).

Asia also recorded strong sales growth for October; deliveries in the region totalled 56,010, an increase of 16.7 per cent on the previous year (47,978). Sales in South Korea jumped 37.8 per cent in October (4,454/previous year: 3,232) and China reported a 20.3 per cent increase in deliveries compared to the same month last year (39,512/previous year: 32,858). Year-to-date sales in the region climbed 14.5 per cent with a total of 537,276 BMW and Mini brand vehicles delivered to customers (previous year: 469,434).

The Americas achieved sales growth of 5.5 per cent in October; 43,889 BMW and Mini brand vehicles were delivered to customers in the region (previous year: 41,583). In October, North America was the region's main growth driver with sales in the USA up 7.9 per cent (35,902/previous year: 33,274) while Canada recorded an increase in sales of 6.5 per cent (3,758/previous year: 3,527). The first ten months of the year also saw positive growth, with sales across the Americas totalling 380,966 (previous year: 366,661/+3.9 per cent).


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