A record number of 256,929 (239,802 in the previous year) vehicles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year – an increase of +7.1% compared with the same period last year.
A total of 114,908 BMW brand vehicles were sold worldwide in February, an increase of +7.0% (107,362 in 2011). Year-to-date, sales are +9.2% higher at 222,207 vehicles than for the same period last year (prev. yr. 203,546).
In the first two months of the year there was particularly strong demand for the BMW X1 with 23,118 units sold, an increase of 40.1% over the previous year (16,505).
The BMW 3 Series has also been one of the growth drivers worldwide in the first two months with a total of 63,103 vehicles delivered, an increase of 26.2% compared to the same period last year (49,997).
Demand for BMW 5 Series continued to be strong in the first two months, with sales climbing +7.4% to 47,157 vehicles (43,893 in 2011). The BMW 6 Series also achieved solid gains with 3,271 vehicles sold year to date, an increase of 36.1% over the previous year (2,404).
The Mini brand reported 18,527 cars delivered worldwide in February (20,021 in 2011). In the first two months of the year, 34,391 Mini cars were delivered to customers (prev. yr. 35,789 / -3.9%). The Mini Countryman climbed to 13,645 cars, an increase of 9.6% compared to the same period last year (previous year 12,448). The launch of Mini Paceman in mid-March is expected to bring further momentum to global sales for the brand.
The BMW Group achieved growth in Europe last month with a total of 61,251 deliveries, an increase of 6.6% on the previous year (57,437). The company managed to offset headwinds in some European markets through gains in others, such as Great Britain/Ireland, where sales climbed 26.7% to 6,928 vehicles, and in Russia where sales jumped by 28.0% to 3,261 units.
In Germany, BMW Group registrations were at last year’s level with a total of 17,960 (previous year 18,213) vehicles.
In the first two months of the year, BMW Group sales in Europe increased by 7.3% to a total of 111,868 vehicles (104,268 in 2011).
In Asia, deliveries climbed 6.3% to 36,879 vehicles last month from 34,701 in 2011. A total of 23,449 units were delivered in Mainland China (previous year 22,916). Year to date, sales have climbed 9.0% in Mainland China to 53,846 vehicles (previous year 49,421). Other Asian markets, such as Japan (7,605/+10.0%) and South Korea (5,718/+27.9%) reported significant rates of growth in the first two months of the year, to contribute to a total of 79,993 vehicles (previous year 71,123) sold in Asia year to date. ∎