The BMW Group broke records in September 2013 with a 6.7% increase in sales of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered globally to 189,675 units compared to 177,726 units sold in September 2012. Its sales in the first nine months of 2013 grew by 7.5% to the new all-time high of 1,436,178 vehicles compared to the 1,335,502 units sold in the same period the previous year.
According to Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW, records were broken in September and the first nine months of 2013 with regards to global deliveries. Even with signs that the auto market in Europe is stabilizing, the situation in many countries continues to be difficult.
But the company was able to sustain its European sales on a similar level year-on-year and once again posted major gains in the U.S. and Asia. BMW is on track to posting another rise in deliveries for the full year 2013 and reaching a new sales record. The global sales of BMW brand worldwide sales grew by 7.6% to 158,029 vehicles in September 2013, compared to the 146,852 vehicles sold in September 2012.
The BMW 3 Series’ sales drove up the growth of the company. About 44,752 of these vehicles were sold, a 13.9% increase compared to the previous year’s 39,304 units. MINI had its best-ever sales for September with worldwide deliveries of 31,313 vehicles, 2.5% higher than the previous year’s 30,563 units.
The brand posted some growth in several key markets, which include the 8.3% increase in the U.S. to 5,306 units, a 4.1% increase in Mainland China to 2,740 units, and a 5.7% climb to 1,700 units in Japan. In addition, MINI had its most successful first nine months ever, even with the persistent challenges in Europe. In the first nine months of 2013, MINI sold 224,280 vehicles, about 0.5% higher than the 223,214 units sold during the same period last year. [source: BMW]