China: BMW Group Sales up 41% at 30,593 vehicles image

BMW Ag, the German premium automaker said Tuesday that sales in China rose 41 percent on the year in March to 30,593 BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars.

“We have had an outstanding first quarter and the best ever in the company’s history,” BMW sales chief Ian Robertson said at the New York auto show, according to a prepared statement.

BMW, the second-largest premium carmaker by sales in China, said it will release first quarter and March sales figures on April 11.

BMW Group reported its BMW and Mini sales in the United States rose 13 percent in March and were up 16.6 percent for the first quarter — the best first-quarter sales since its record performance in 2007.
Year-to-date (US), the BMW brand is up 17 percent on sales of 61,549 compared to 52,616 sold in the first three months of 2011.

MINI USA reported sales of 5,866 automobiles in March, a decrease of 3.6 percent from the 6,087 sold in March 2011.