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BMW Group reported that MINI achieved record sales last year with 285,060 models delivered to customers worldwide.

This was an increase of almost 22 per cent over 2010 with the Countryman performing particularly well with sales rising six-fold to 89,036.

BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer said that with the new MINI Roadster the brand now has six members. He added: “Fans can look forward to the new special edition Clubvan. This is the first lifestyle transport vehicle in the premium small car segment.”

The Group’s other British brand, Rolls-Royce, also had its best ever sales numbers in its 107-year history, selling 3,538 models, up from 2,711 in 2010.

Reithofer said: “Rolls-Royce is about to launch the Phantom Series II in the second half of this year. This means updated design, new top technology and state-of-the-art networking services.”

BMW increased sales volumes in almost all markets in 2011 and also set a new sales record across all the brands registering a 12.8 per cent rise to 1,380,384 units.