FRANKFURT – BMW sold 115,136 cars in October, a rise of 6.8 percent over the same period a year earlier, boosted by demand for its 5-series sedan and the X3 crossover SUV.
Overall sales of BMW Group vehicles including the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands grew 15.2 percent in the first ten months of the year to 1.3 million units. In October, the group sold 139,276 vehicles, a rise of 8.3 percent.
In July, BMW increased its 2011 sales forecast to 1.6 million vehicles from 1.5 million.
The world's largest maker of luxury cars said on Tuesday that sales of the 5 series were up 10.8 percent to 25,000 units in October, while X3 sales rose more than fourfold to 10,949 vehicles.
The 5 series is BMW's second-best selling model, after the 3 series. The new 3-series sedan was unveiled in mid-October and will hit the market in February next year. BMW also unveiled the latest generation of its 1 series in mid-September.
"The new BMW 1 series has had a successful start and we have had an excellent customer response to the new BMW 3-series sedan," BMW said in a statement on Tuesday.
In October, the group's Mini brand sold 23,839 cars, a rise of 16.2 percent. Boosted by the launch of new models including the Coupe, Mini sales since January have increased by 23.3 percent to 232,056 units.
In the U.S., the company's biggest market, the BMW Group reported sales of 27,228 vehicles in October, 17.5 percent more than a year earlier.
At home in Germany, BMW's second-biggest market, group sales rose 4.9 percent to 24,364 units in October. By contrast, sales in China, BMW's third-largest market, jumped 33.5 percent in the same period to 18,346 deliveries.
Since January, the BMW brand has sold 1.13 million cars, a rise of 13.6 percent over 2010 figures.
Reuters contributed to this report