U.S. Auto Sales: BMW Group sales up 14.8 percent in November image

BMW Group, BMW and Mini on Thursday reported November sales of 26,271 vehicles, an increase of 14.8% from the 22,883 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.

In addition, the German automaker said year-to-date sales are up 14.6% to 272,873 in the first eleven months of 2011 compared to 238,157 in the same period in 2010.
BMW only increased 7.1% in November for a total of 21,521 compared to 20,097 vehicles sold in November, 2010.

“The numbers show this is the buying season, consumer optimism is increasing and we are seeing the most showroom traffic in our dealerships so far this year,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, LLC.

“I am particularly pleased to see MINI setting a new sales record and I am looking forward to a strong December especially with our X Drive momentum, X3 and X5 in particular.”

MINI USA reported sales of 4,750 automobiles in November, up 70.5% from the 2,786 sold in November 2010. Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 25.4% on volume of 51,800 compared to 41,324 in the first eleven months of 2010.