BMW Group announced today a 16.6% increase in global sales. Apparently, the Bavarian manufacturer sold 82,120 units of its BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce in January, a small increase comparing it with the 70,419 units sold during the same month in 2009.
In January, Bmw brand sales increased with 15.9 percent to 69,852 thanks to the 7-Series flagship sedan. It seems that the sales of the stylish 7-Series nearly doubled to 4,742 from 2,498 during the same month in 2009.
Although its sales were up 5 percent to 8,800 units, Bmw is expecting a small decline in sales of the 5-Series ahead of its replacement which is set to hit the market in late March.
Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Marketing, remarked that the group began 2010 with a healthy growth in sales and is riding on the upward trend of the previous months.
According to Robertson, BMW has set ambitious goals for 2010, including growth in single-digit percentage and sales of over 1.3 million vehicles. He added that achieving these goals should be helped by several new models like the new BMW 5 Series and the MINI Countryman.
He noted that BMW has nearly sold out the current BMW 5 Series Sedans. This means there will be a small volume of final deliveries in the next two months. He disclosed that sales of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan, which has been getting a good response from the media and the public, will commence in the second quarter of 2010, along with BMW X1 and BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo models.
These two new models joined the BMW model range in October 2009 and are only sold in selected markets. Despite that, the carmaker has already delivered 4,093 units of the BMW X1 and 933 units of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo to customers in January.