BMW sales in July rose 8 percent to 163,959 vehicles, helped by growth in its core brand, the company said today.
In the seven months through July, sales rose to 1.2 million vehicles, up 7 percent on the same period last year, the company said in a statement. This is also the first time that sales of BMW-badged vehicles have exceeded the million mark in the first seven months.
“We are pleased to see the excellent sales results of the first half-year continuing into July,” said Ian Robertson, head of BMW Group's sales and marketing said. “The success of our new vehicles, such as the BMW X4, which went on sale in July, demonstrates that we are providing our customers with what they want.” BMW was confident it would sell more than two million cars this year, he added.
Global sales of BMW brand vehicles rose 8 percent to 139,399 units in July and by 10 percent to to 1,025,747 for the first seven months. Deliveries of the top-selling 3 series rose 6 percent to 271,720 in the first seven months, while the newly introduced 4 series achieved sales of 57,524 units in the same period. Sales of the 5 series rose 7 percent in the first seven months to 223,587 cars. The star performer over the period was the X5, with sales up 31 percent to 79,537. BMW said it has sold 6,620 units of its new all-electric i3 in the year-to-date.
MINI sales, which have languished this year, improved by 3 percent in July to 24,259 vehicles, boosted by the launch of the new third generation MINI Hatch. In he first seven months MINI sales were down 9 percent at 172,314 units.
Sales by the group's motorcycle and scooter division, BMW Motorrad, rose 4 percent in July to 11,661 units. First seven month sales were up 9 percent to 82,639 vehicles.
BMW says the group made gains on all continents. Sales of BMW and MINI brands in the first seven months in Asia were up 17 percent at 373,594, with sales to mainland China up 22 percent to 261,919 vehicles. Sales to North and South America rose 4 percent over the period to 259,658 vehicles, with US sales up 5 percent to 213,754 units.
In Europe, BMW and MINI sales rose 3 percent in the first seven months to 513,707 units. The strongest performances in Europe in July were in the UK, where BMW and MINI sales rose 9 percent to 12,920 vehicles and in BMW's home market, Germany, where the two brands' sales rose 9 percent 23,646 vehicles.