MUNICH -- BMW said vehicle sales at its core BMW brand rose 5.6 percent in April to a record 148,896 units, as strong sales of the 2-series Active Tourer minivan in Europe and demand for SUVs in the U.S. helped to offset a sluggish China market.
The automaker increased sales in all regions around the world, sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson said in a statement.
The company said it delivered 6,548 units of the 2-series Active Tourer to customers in April. The compact minivan launched in Europe in September and in China in January. BMW is still considering whether to sell the model in the U.S.
BMW said sales at its Mini brand rose 28 percent to 26,766 units in April, helped by the introduction of a new five-door model and a revamped three-door hatchback. Sales of the three-door Mini were up 30 percent to 9,578 in April while 7,814 units of the 5-door model were sold.
4-month sales rise
BMW brand sales increased 5.5 percent to 600,473 through April. Mini sales increased by 28 percent to 101,079 in the same period.
Reuters contributed to this report