BMW Group posts record sales for April

München (ots) –

– 145,505 vehicles sold in April, an increase of 6.1%
– Most successful first four months ever with 571,040 units sold
– Robertson: Well on course to achieve record year in 2012

The BMW Group continued on its successful course as the world’s
leading premium car company once again in April with an increase of
6.1% in sales. A total of 145,505 (prev. yr. 137,195) BMW, MINI and
Rolls-Royce brand automobiles were sold worldwide last month. Over
the past four months the number of deliveries climbed 9.8% to a new
record of 571,040 vehicles (prev. yr. 519,958).

„Following on from the best first quarter in the company’s
history, we have just reported our most successful April sales ever.
We are well on course to achieving a record year in 2012. We are
clearly benefitting from a very attractive product line-up which is
finding success with customers right across the globe. This momentum
will continue as we add new vehicles throughout the year, such as the
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé in June“, said Ian Robertson, Member of the
Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW, in Munich on Tuesday.

The BMW Group made strong gains in nearly all regions and in many
markets in the month under review. Sales continued to grow
dynamically in Asia with 39,770 vehicles delivered (prev. yr. 31,803/
+25.1%). China accounted for 27,197 deliveries, an increase of 30.8%
over the same month last year (prev. yr. 20,800) in China. Sales were
solid across America with 32,705 vehicles delivered in April (prev.
yr. 31,491/ +3.9%). In the U.S., 26,793 vehicles were delivered in
April which reflects an increase of +6.1% over the same month last
year (prev. yr. 25,247).

In Europe, sales remained at last year’s level with 68,033
vehicles sold (prev. yr. 69,409/ -2.0%). Several markets in northern
and central Europe attained healthy growth in April, for example the
Netherlands (2,100/ +29.0%), France (5,150/ +9.2%) and Austria
(2,057/ +9.4%). In Germany, a total of 27,192 new BMW and MINI
vehicles were registered in April, an increase of +6.2% over last
year (prev. yr. 25,600). The BMW brand accounted for 23,420
registrations (prev. yr. 21,866/ +7.1%) and MINI for 3,772
registrations (prev. yr. 3,734/ +1.0%).

BMW: Worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles climbed to 121,476
(prev. yr. 113,090 / +7.4%) in the month under review. The brand has
delivered a total of 478,030 (prev. yr. 434,270) vehicles to
customers worldwide since the start of the year – an increase of
10.1%. At the end of April, the BMW 1 Series, the X1, the BMW 3
Series Sedan and Convertible, the BMW 5 Series, the BMW X5 and the
BMW 6 Series were all leaders in their segments. Demand for the BMW 1
Series 5-door Hatch remains strong with 14,551 vehicles delivered in
April, an increase of 68.3% over the same month last year. The BMW 3
Series Sedan also reported strong gains in April with a total of
24,006 vehicles delivered to customers, an increase of 26.3% compared
to last year (prev. yr. 19,010). Sales of the BMW X3 continued to
climb, with 12,229 units sold in April, an increase of 23.5% over the
previous year (9,903). Growth was further driven by the BMW 6 Series
which was delivered to 1,561 customers worldwide in April (prev. yr.
702/ +122.4%).

MINI: With 23,789 vehicles delivered in April, worldwide sales for
MINI remained at last year’s level (prev. yr. 23,839/ -0.2%). In the
month under review, MINI achieved strong growth in several European
countries such as France (1,569/ +22.2%) and Italy (1,652/ +13.9%),
however there was lower demand in southern European countries such as
Spain and Portugal. The brand also experienced dynamic growth in
Asia, such as in Japan (1,353/ +32.4%), China (1,905/ +36.1%) and
Korea (450/ +50.0%). The new MINI Roadster has had an excellent start
with nearly 2000 units (1,976) already delivered to customers since
its launch at the end of February. Year-to-date, MINI sales are up
+8.6% with 92,000 units compared to 84,699 in the first four months
of 2011.

Motorcycles: In the first four months of 2012, BMW Motorrad sold
37,461 (prev. yr. 36,181) vehicles. This represents a growth of 3.5%
compared to the same period in 2011. A total of 13,088 (prev. yr.
13,072 / +0.1%) BMW Motorrad vehicles were delivered to customers in
April. Husqvarna delivered 918 (prev. yr. 603 / +52.2%) motorcycles
last month to its dealer network. Year to date, deliveries grew
+40.0% to 3,560 motorcycles compared with the first four months of
2011 (prev. yr. 2,543).

BMW Group sales in/up to April 2012 at a glance

In April Comp. to Up to/incl. Comp. to
2012 previous April 2012 previous
year year

BMW Group Automobiles 145,505 +6.1% 571,040 +9.8%
BMW 121,476 +7.4% 478,030 +10.1%
MINI 23,789 -0.2% 92,000 +8.6%
BMW Motorrad 13,088 +0.1% 37,461 +3.5%
Husqvarna Motorcycles 918 +52.2% 3,560 +40.0%

The BMW Group

The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of
automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI,
Husqvarna Motorcycles and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company,
the BMW Group operates 25 production and assembly facilities in 14
countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2011, the BMW Group sold about1.67 million cars and more than
113,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the
financial year 2011 was euro 7.38 billion on revenues amounting to
euro 68.82 billion. At 31 December 2011, the BMW Group had a
workforce of approximately 100,000 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore
established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value
chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result
of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last seven years.

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