BMW AG said its new 3 series should spur growth in the second half of 2012 after the group posted record sales of 1.67 million vehicles in 2011.
The world's largest premium carmaker said global sales of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars rose 14.2 percent last year. By comparison, rival Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz, Smart and Maybach brands finished 2011 with combined sales of 1.36 million vehicles, an increase of 8 percent over 2010.
"Looking ahead, we want to continue to grow, with balanced sales growth across all continents, and we plan to remain the world's top-selling premium automaker in 2012," BMW head of sales Ian Robertson said in a statement.
He added the company would see "momentum increase in the second half of the year" due to the new BMW 3 series, which will be launched worldwide next month.