China: BMW sales up 70 percent in January image

BMW AG officially released its Chinese sales figures for January, (China) reported today.

A total of 21,641 BMWs and Minis were sold in the Greater China region (including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) last month, 20,308 of which were mainland sales. The sales figures represented an increase of 70.4% from BMW’s January 2010 sales.

Of the 19,100 BMWs sold last month, the automaker’s brand new 5 Series proved to be the most popular. A total of 6,300 5 series were sold in January alone, almost double the amount from last year.
Equally deserving of attention is the German automaker’s Mini brand, with 1,208 Mini-branded vehicles having been sold in the month, 120% more then the number sold last year. With the highly anticipated Mini Countryman crossover SUV (pictured below) to make its Chinese debut in February, all eyes will be focused on the brand.

BMW’s results at the start of the year are impressive, and as the company continues to import more vehicles and further develop localization, its prospects for the future look bright.
By Carmen Lee  From