The BMW Group, the largest luxury automaker in the world, has seen its May sales across the globe up 5.9 percent to a total of 188,287 units, with the namesake BMW brand soaring 4 percent to a tally of 159,129 autos.
Sales for the BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands in May soared to the highest level for the month, with a new record in terms of sales also posted for the first five months of the year – an increase of 7.7 percent to a total of 890,937 vehicles. “The solid growth the BMW Group has achieved this year continued in May, with all sales regions recording an increase in sales,” commented Ian Robertson, the board member directing group sales and marketing. “Our innovative, new products are achieving pleasing sales around the world and I am delighted that we have sold over 10,000 BMW i vehicles in the first five months of this year,” the executive added. Sales for the core BMW brand have also increased 5.2 percent to 759,609 units for the January through May period. The Mini brand jumped 18.3 percent last month to 28,831 units and reached a total of 129,910 autos for the first five months, jumping 25.9 percent.
The European market turnaround has continued for BMW and Mini, the two brands posting combined sales during the first five months of 392,182 units, for a growth of 9.2 percent over the same period last year. The Asian region saw a rise of 4.5 percent to 276,055 autos for the year-to-date period, with China up 3 percent. The Americas have posted surge of 9.7 percent for the two brands to 195,485 vehicles, with US sales during the first five months jumping ten percent.