U.S. Auto Sales: BMW Group August sales down 0.2 percent image

BMW Group of America recorded a decrease in the month of August. The Germans sold 23,924 vehicles, a decrease of 0.2% from the 23,965 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.

Year-to-date, BMW Group sales are up 14.6% to 193,565 in the first eight months of 2011 compared to 168,940 in the same period in 2010.

In addition, sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 6.5% in August for a total of 20,815 compared to 19,540 vehicles sold in August, 2010. The X3 has sold 17,314 compared with 4,890 in the same period of 2010, a 254% increase. The BMW SAV segment (X3, X5, X6) continues to show growth with sales up 41.3% from the previous August.

The new 5 Series was the big hit for the automaker; 40.9% increase over August 2010. Year-to-date the 5 Series has sold 33,899 compared to 21,617 in the first eight months of 2010, a 56.8% increase.

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