BMW Group Reports Highest Ever September Sales


    --  177,716 vehicles sold in September, an increase of 11.6%
    --  BMW brand worldwide sales climb by 14.3%
    --  Robertson: Well on course to achieve new sales record in 2012

MUNICH, Germany, Oct. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The BMW Group experienced growth in many 
regions around the world in September and achieved another record month in 
sales. With 177,716 (prev. yr. 159,223) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand 
automobiles delivered worldwide, sales were 11.6% higher than in the same 
month last year. It was also the best first nine months for the company, with 
sales up 8.3% compared to the same period last year. A total of 1,335,502 BMW 
Group vehicles were delivered during this time (prev. yr. 1,232,619).

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Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for 
Sales and Marketing BMW: "We made solid gains in many of our markets last 
month and were once again able to achieve record sales in September, despite 
the difficult environment in some European countries. Our models continue to 
perform well and we expect to see further healthy growth in worldwide sales in 
the fourth quarter. We are well on course to achieving a new sales record for 
the whole year."

BMW brand worldwide sales climbed by 14.3% to 146,843 vehicles in the month 
under review (prev. yr. 128,450). Demand for the BMW 1 Series was strong with 
23,583 vehicles sold last month, an increase of 51.1% on the previous year 
(15,606). Over 150.000 units of the second generation BMW 1 Series 5-Door 
Hatch have been delivered to customers since its launch in mid-September last 
year. The BMW 3 Series was delivered to 39,302 customers last month (prev. yr. 
35,842/ +9.7%). Sales for the BMW 5 Series climbed 7.9% to 29,996 vehicles 
(prev. yr. 27,804). The BMW 6 Series more than tripled its sales with 2,426 
vehicles delivered last month (prev. yr. 752/ +222.6%). The BMW X1 performed 
strongly with 16,661 units sold in September, an increase of 32.9% (prev. yr. 
12,536). Sales of the BMW X3 continued to be strong, climbing 20.0% to13,616 
vehicles (prev. yr. 11,346). Year-to-date, the brand BMW has delivered 
1,109,962 vehicles, an increase of 8.6% over the previous year (1,021,955).

MINI posted its best ever September sales with 30,562 vehicles delivered 
(prev. yr. 30,392/ +0.6%). The brand has also had its most successful first 
nine months ever - in the period up to and including September, MINI sold 
223.214 vehicles, an increase of 7.2% in worldwide sales compared to the same 
period last year (208,223). Last month at the Paris Auto Salon, the company 
unveiled the MINI Paceman. The MINI Paceman is the world's first Sports 
Activity Coupe in the premium compact segment and it expands the brand's 
portfolio to seven models. The MINI Paceman is expected to provide further 
momentum for MINI when it arrives in the first half of 2013.

Demand for Rolls-Royce motor cars remained steady with a small decrease of 
4.7% year-to-date compared to 2011. The worldwide market introduction of 
Phantom Series II in September and the potential for seasonally strong fourth 
quarter sales causes Rolls-Royce to remain confident of another strong annual 
result.

BMW Motorrad achieved a new all-time retail high in September with 9,215 units 
(prev. yr.: 8,612 units/ +7.0%). Supplies of motorcycles and maxi scooters 
from January up to and including September totaled 85,944 units (prev. yr.: 
86,892 units / -1.1%). Husqvarna Motorcycles supplied a total of 7,355 
vehicles (prev. yr.: 6,079 units / + 21.0%) to the Husqvarna dealer network 
from January up to and including September. Supplies in the month of September 
totaled 1,255 vehicles (prev. yr.: 1,351 units / - 7.1%).

Markets: The BMW Group reported solid gains in many markets last month and 
increased retail volumes in its three largest markets, China, the US and 
Germany.

In Europe, BMW Group sales grew last month by 4.8% to 92,442 vehicles (prev. 
yr. 88,243). In the first nine months, BMW Group sales were slightly above 
last year's level, with a total of 639,798 vehicles delivered (prev. yr. 
635,013/ +0.8%). In Germany, BMW and MINI were the only premium brands to make 
gains in September. A total of 26,021 new BMW and MINI vehicles were 
registered in September. (prev. yr. 23,799/ +9.3%). The BMW brand accounted 
for 22,009 registrations (prev. yr. 20,042/ +9.8%) and MINI for 4,012 
registrations (prev. yr. 3,757/ +6.8%). Year-to-date, 211,870 BMW and MINI 
vehicles have been registered in Germany (prev. yr. 220,054/ -3.7%). BMW Group 
sales in Russia climbed 48.5% in the month under review to 3,985 vehicles 
(prev. yr. 2,683). Year-to-date, 28,084 vehicles have been delivered in 
Russia, an increase of 32.9% over the previous year (21,133).

In Asia, sales surged by 40.0% in September to 45,781 vehicles (prev. yr. 
32,708). The BMW Group made strong gains in Asia in the first nine months of 
the year, with sales climbing 27.2% to 357,841 vehicles (prev. yr. 281,223). 
The company achieved exceptionally high growth in Mainland China, which 
accounted for 29,631 deliveries in September, an increase of 59.4% over the 
same month in the previous year (18,588). Year-to-date, 237,056 BMW and MINI 
vehicles have been sold in Mainland China (prev. yr. 177,522) which reflects 
an increase of 33.5%. The BMW Group posted solid gains in other Asian markets 
in the first nine months of the year, including Japan (41,973/ +21.5%) and 
South Korea (24,541/ +18.5%)

In the Americas, the BMW Group delivered 34,050 vehicles in September (prev. 
yr. 32,772/ +3.9%). Since the beginning of the year, 290,888 vehicles were 
delivered to customers in the Americas, which reflected an increase of +6.3% 
on the previous year (273,564). The BMW Group in the U.S. reported September 
sales of 26,660 vehicles (prev. yr. 25,749/ +3.5%). Year-to-date, the BMW 
Group is up 7.1% on sales of 234,928 vehicles in the first nine months of 2012 
compared to 219,314 in the same period in 2011.

BMW Group sales in/up to September 2012 at a glance
                                                           In Sept        Comp. to     Up            Comp. to
                                                           2012           previous     to/incl.      previous
                                                                          year         Sept 2012     year
                                                                                                             

BMW Group Automobiles                                         177,716       +11.6%     1,335,502        +8.3%

BMW                                                           146,843       +14.3%     1,109,962        +8.6%

MINI                                                           30,562        +0.6%       223,214        +7.2%

Rolls-Royce                                                                                2,326        -4.7%

BMW Motorrad                                                    9,215        +7.0%        85,944        -1.1%

Husqvarna Motorcycles                                           1,255        -7.1%         7,355       +21.0%

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 29 production 
and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more 
than 140 countries.

In 2011, the BMW Group sold about 1.67 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 
eight years.

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