BMW Group sales in US up 13.8% YTD while May sales increase 7.1%

BMW Group sales – BMW and MINI saw an increase of 7.1% during the month of May 2012. The company sold 28,321 units during the month as compared to 26,452 units sold in May 2011. Year to date sales too were up 12.2% with 130,843 units being sold from January to May 2012 as compared to 116,656 units sold in the first five months of 2011.

Though the economy picture is not looking quite rosy as on date, auto sales of both BMW and MINI seem to have received a boost. The company is quite optimistic of their sales during the balance months of this year, specially since BMW is planning launch of new models into the market and improving availability to keep up with demand.

Top BMW performers during the month of May were the BMW 5 Series which was up 45.3% to 6,102 units, 6 Series of which the company sold 725 units and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle segment of X3, X5 and X6 of which the company sold 6939 units, an increase of 23.8% over sales in this segment in May 2011.

BMW Pre Owned vehicle sales during May too were up 3.1% to 68,792 units as compared to 66,170 units in May 2011. MINI sales were equally promising with MINI USA recording sales of 6152 units in May 2012, up 6.1% as compared to 5801 units sold in May 2011.

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BMW Group U.S. Reports May 2012 Sales

BMW brand up 13.8 percent year-to-date

MINI brand up 6.0 percent year-to-date

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 1, 2012…  The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported May sales of 28,321 vehicles, an increase of 7.1 percent from the 26,452 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.  Year-to-date, BMW Group is up 12.2% on sales of 130,843 in the first five months of 2012 compared to 116,656 in the same period in 2011.

“The auto business looks to be the strongest part of the economy right now with both BMW and MINI keeping up the sales momentum to give BMW Group in the U.S. it’s best May since 2008,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, LLC.  “Our optimism for rest of the year is fueled by the new BMW models on their way to market and improving availability so that we can meet demand.”

BMW Brand Sales

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 7.3 percent in May for a total of 22,168 compared to 20,651 vehicles sold in May, 2011. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 13.8 percent on sales of 104,779 compared to 92,068 sold in the first five months of 2011.

In May, best performing vehicles included the 5 Series, up 45.3 percent to 6,102 units; and the 6 Series, up 159.9 percent to 725 units; and the Sports Activity Vehicle segment (X3, X5 and X6), up 23.8 percent to 6,939 units.

BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles

In May, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) increased 7.4 percent to 13,930 vehicles from the 12,975 vehicles sold in May 2011.  January through May, BMW used vehicle sales are up 3.1 percent on volume of 68,792 compared to 66,710 in the same period of 2011.

MINI Brand Sales

MINI USA reported sales of 6,153 automobiles in May, an increase of 6.1 percent from the 5,801 sold in May 2011.  Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 6.0 percent on volume of 26,064 compared to 24,588 in the first five months of 2011.