BMW worldwide sales in August: up 7.4 percent image

BMW, the world’s largest premium automaker said Friday its sales rose 7.4% on the year to a new monthly record of 110,891 cars in August, and it expects to see double-digit growth in this September as the company remains on track to achieve a new annual sales record of more than 1.6 million vehicles in 2011.

Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing:

“We achieved record sales once again in August. Models such as the BMW X3, the BMW 5 Series Sedan and the BMW 5 Series Touring continued to report strong gains and made a positive contribution to our record sales performance last month. Looking ahead, we are confident that we are in a good position with balanced growth across the world and a young, attractive portfolio, including the new BMW 1 Series which goes on sale this month. We expect our growth to increase to double-digit figures in September and we are absolutely on track to achieve our goal of over 1.6 million vehicle sales in 2011.”

Sales in the January-to-August period rose 17% compared to the first eight months last year to 1.07 million cars.

The new BMW X3 continued its sales momentum with strong sales in August: Worldwide sales surged 131.8% to 9,123 units (prev. yr. 3,936). Year-to-date, 72,407 units have been sold, an increase of 125.6% over the same period in 2010 (32,101).
Demand for the BMW 5 Series Sedan and Touring remains strong: Over 200.000 units have been sold since the beginning of the year (205.275 / +78.4% prev. yr. 115,034). With worldwide sales of 22,514 vehicles in August (+39.2% / prev. yr. 16.177) the BMW 5 Series remains the clear leader in its segment.

As a global company, the BMW Group operates 25 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

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

In August 2011 Comp. to previous year Up to/incl. August 2011 Comp. to previous year
BMW Group Automobiles 110,891 +7.4% 1,073,363 +16.8%
BMW 94,882 +7.8% 893,474 +15,2%
MINI 15,761 +5.2% 177,829 +24.8%
BMW Motorrad 6,646 +3.8% 78,280 +6.6%
Husqvarna Motorcycles 335 -13.7% 4,729 -20.9%