BMW Group: Global auto sales up 22,1 pct – best May ever image

Premium automaker BMW announced that in May, health entire group sales were up 22,1 percent compared to 2010 May.

A total of 147,563 BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce brand vehicles were delivered to customers (prev. yr. 120,850/ +22.1%). Deliveries for the year to the end of May climbed 20.7% to 667,511 vehicles (prev. yr. 552,866).
The BMW Group made strong retail gains across the globe, driven by its three most important markets Germany, USA and China. In the German market 29,372 (prev.yr. 22,993/ +27.7%) BMW Group vehicles were registered in May.

Sales continued to increase in the U.S. with the delivery of 26,452 (prev. yr. 22,092/ +19.7%) vehicles in May. In Mainland China, 21,150 customers took delivery of a new BMW Group vehicle (prev. yr. 13,998 units/ +51.1%).

Solid double-digit growth was also reported by the Group in all major European markets in May, as well as in the so-called BRIKT markets: Brazil (+57.3%), Russia (58.3%), India (+160.9%), Korea (+49.1%) and Turkey (130.2%).

Regarding the individual brands: BMW brand volumes increased by 19% in May to 121,168 vehicles (prev. yr. 101,781). Sales of BMW brand vehicles were 19.2% higher than the previous year at 555,429 units (466,088) at the end of May.

The new BMW X3 continued to perform strongly in May with 10,182 units sold (prev. yr. 4,371/ +132.9%) and the BMW 5 Series solidified its position as the segment leader with total sales of 26,457 vehicles (prev. yr. 16,186/ +63.5%).

BMW Group sales in/up to May 2011 at a glance

In May 2011 Comp. to previous year Up to/incl. May 2011 Comp. to previous year
BMW Group Automobiles 147,563 +22.1% 667,511 +20.7%
BMW 121,168 +19.0% 555,429 +19.2%
MINI 26,104 +38.5% 110,802 +28.7%
BMW Motorrad 12,568 +3.5% 48,749 +7.3%
Husqvarna Motorcycles 537 -59,5% 3,080 -14.6%