All three brands – BMW, Mini, and BMW Motorrad are off to a gallant start in the year 2019, backed by strong growth. BMW India reported 19 percent growth at 2,822 cars sold up fro 2,377 units sold in Q1 2018. Mini reported 18 percent growth with 160 cars sold, up from 136 cars sold in the first three months of 2018. Total car sales (BMW + Mini) through Q1 -2018 stand at 2982 units, up from 2513 units.
BMW Motorrad sales growth is manifold at 597 motorcycles sold, up from almost 100 units sold in Q1 2018. BMW Motorrad attributes its sub-500cc offerings – BMW G310R and BMW G310GS sales for its outstanding growth. The segment accounted for upward of 80 percent of total BMW Motorrad India sales. Recent launches, BMW R1250GS and BMW R1250GS Adventure have been received well too.
Dr. Hans-Christian Baertels, President (Act.), BMW Group India, said, “BMW Group India is on a growth path. Closing 2018 with highest sales ever, the momentum has been successfully carried forward into 2019 by registering the best Q1 sales till date.
BMW Group India will continue its unwavering focus on maximizing performance, bringing best-in-class products to the Indian market and exceeding expectations on each and every service that is offered. We are confident that the growth strategy for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad will yield even higher results in the coming months and we will continue to grow the luxury vehicle market in India.”
While BMW 5 Series and 6 Series Gran Turismo have been strong growth drivers, its X range too has fared well. BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe helped generated new demand owing to its segment uniqueness. Mini hatch, and locally manufactured Mini Countryman attributed over 80 percent of total Mini sales for the quarter.
For 2019, BMW Group India plans to launch as many as 12 new cars. This includes the likes of new gen 3 Series sedan, 8 series, X7 SUV, X5, SUV, X2 and X4 crossovers (X4 launched in Jan), new Z4, and a few cars under the MINI range. BMW India Twitter officially announced the arrival of the new Z4 today. This is what they tweeted – “A roadster designed with only one aim: The freedom between the road and the open sky. Introducing the all-new #BMW #Z4. Know more: http://bit.ly/2OLG8jj”
2019 BMW Z4 is available in two trims in India – M40i and sDrive20i. The former is powered by a 3 liter inline 6 petrol engine delivering 340 hp and 500 Nm torque. It does a 0-100 kmph in 4.5 second, while has a top speed of 250 kmph. Claimed fuel consumption is 12.82 kmpl and has a tank capacity of 52 liters. The sDrive20i is powered by a 2 liter 4 cyl petrol motor delivering 197 hp and 320 Nm. Top speed is 240 kmph, 0-100 kmph time is 6.6 seconds. Claimed FE is 14.37 kmpl. Tank capacity is 52 liters.