Sales of BMW cars, including its Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, rose 11.4 percent to 159,214 vehicles in September the Much based automaker announced. BMW Group delivered 1,232,584 vehicles this year.
It was also the most successful third quarter for the company ever, with sales reaching 399.218 vehicles from July through September, an increase of 9.0% over 2010.
BMW brand reported worldwide sales of 128,446 vehicles in the month, up 9.3 percent from a year ago, with a 260.6 percent increase in BMW X3 sales.
“It’s very well received,” said Jesse Toprak, an industry analyst with TrueCar.com, a website that tracks auto sales. “It was one of the better executed redesigns we’ve seen in the luxury segment in a long while.”
Robertson said the new-generation of BMW’s compact 1-Series and a new coupe at its Mini brand are expected to provide further sales momentum in coming months.
The MINI brand experienced a strong growth of +20.5% in worldwide sales in September. With 30,387 (prev. yr. 25,221) deliveries, the brand reported its best September result ever.
Rolls-Royce sales are also maintaining strong momentum. Between January and September a total of 2,441 (prev. yr. 1,728 / +41.3%) motor cars were delivered to their new owners. There has been strong demand for both Phantom and Ghost models.
The Munich based automaker expanded its lead over Audi Ag. and Mercedes Benz after the first nine months of 2011, delivering 1.02 million vehicles compared with Audi’s 973,200 and Mercedes’s 919,288.
The Daimler unit – Mercedes, which aims to overtake Audi and BMW by 2020, remained in third place after sales last month edged up 2 percent to 120,982 cars and SUVs, the Stuttgart, Germany-based company said Oct. 5.