BMW Group achieved its highest sales for the first six months of the year, with a total of 954,521 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 6.0% over the same period last year (prev. yr. 900,566). Sales in June also reached an all-time high with 184,489 vehicles sold worldwide last month, an increase of 6.9% over the previous year (172,528).
Worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles climbed 9.4% to 153,075 units (prev. yr. 139,879) in the month under review. A total of 804,248 BMW brand vehicles (prev. yr. 747,089) have been delivered to customers worldwide since the start of the year – an increase of +7.7%. The BMW 3 Series was one of the brand’s growth drivers in the first half year with 236,215 units sold, an increase of 21.8% over the same period last year (prev. yr. 193,996).
The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo had a successful start in June with around 1,500 vehicles sold. The BMW X1 reported healthy gains in the first six months with a total of 79,061 vehicles delivered to customers, an increase of 22.8% compared to last year (prev. yr. 64,387). Demand for the BMW X3 remained strong, with sales climbing to 77,959 vehicles in the first half year (prev. yr. 74,099/ +5.2%). The BMW 5 Series continued its success story with 169,593 units sold in the first half of the year (prev. yr. 166,097/ +2.1%). The current sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series is the best-selling generation so far and the clear leader in its segment. The BMW 6 Series had an excellent first six months with sales climbing 35.4% to 14,012 units (prev. yr. 10,345).
MINI sales were slightly down last month with 31,102 deliveries worldwide (prev. yr 32.339/ -3.8%). Year-to-date, MINI worldwide sales are at around last year’s level with 148,798 units sold in the first six months (151,877/ -2.0%). MINI could compensate for the headwinds in some European markets through solid growth in several other markets including Mainland China (12,070/ +6.3%), Russia (1,350/ +10.4%) and Mexico (2,132/ +15.1%).
Sales of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in the first half of the year totalled 1,475 units (prev. yr. 1,600/ -7.8%). Following a relatively flat first quarter, year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2013 (+1%) was reported due to good performances in the Middle East, South East Asia and China.