BMW Group Global sales up 6.4 pct in May image

BMW Ag, the world’s largest premium carmaker on Monday said it sold 156,957 vehicles last month – up 6.4 percent from last May and a new record for the month of May.

Results were once again lifted by a surge in demand from mainland China, the group’s largest market, where sales jumped by nearly a third.

“New products such as the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé, which we launched on the 1st of June, as well as the new BMW 7 Series, will continue to drive momentum,” said BMW brand sales chief Ian Robertson in a statement.

Sales in Asia rose 25.7 percent, and 31.5 percent in China alone. Sales in the key U.S. marketrose 7.1 percent.

Meanwhile the numbers in Europe, where BMW sells just under half its cars, fell 1.7 percent. The continent is struggling with a debt crisis and a slow economy.

Worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles climbed to 129,150 units (prev. yr. 121,170 / +6.6%) in the month under review. A total of 607,207 BMW brand vehicles (prev. yr. 555,440) have been delivered to customers worldwide since the start of the year – an increase of +9.3%.

Year-to-date, sales at the Mini brand were up 7.9% from the first five months last year at 119,532 vehicles.

Audi‘s sales rose almost 14% to 128,900 cars, compared with a 6.6% increase to 129,150 cars at BMW’s namesake brand.

BMW Group sales in/up to May 2012 at a glance

In May 2012 Comp. to previous year Up to/incl. May 2012 Comp. to previous year
BMW Group Automobiles 156,957 +6.4% 728,029 +9.1%
BMW 129,150 +6.6% 607,207 +9.3%
MINI 27,527 +5.5% 119,532 +7.9%
BMW Motorrad 11,457 -8.8% 48,918 +0.3%
Husqvarna Motorcycles 860 +60.1% 4,420 +43.5%