BMW Group Posts Record Sales for February

      --  Total of 141,093 vehicles delivered in February, increase of         5.6%     --  Year-to-date sales increase 6.6% to 273,999  MUNICH, March 11, 2014 /CNW/ - With 141,093 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand  vehicles delivered worldwide (prev. yr. 133,631/ +5.6%), the BMW Group  achieved its best-ever February sales result. A record number of 273,999  (prev. yr. 256,933) automobiles have been delivered to customers since the  start of the year - an increase of 6.6% compared with the same period last  year.  (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140311/674011 )  "February was another record month for us," said Ian Robertson, Member of the  Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. "The innovative new  models coming out this year, such as the 2 Series Active Tourer and 4 Series  Gran Coupé we just premiered to great reviews at the Geneva Motor Show, will  give us the momentum to keep growing in 2014." Robertson added.  BMW enjoyed its best ever February: 124,839 BMW brand vehicles were delivered  to customers, an increase of 8.6% (prev. yr. 114,909). Year-to-date sales rose  8.9% with 242,017 BMW brand vehicles delivered compared with the same period  last year (222,211). Demand for the BMW X3 was high in the first two months of  2014 with a total of 23,980 vehicles delivered to customers (prev. yr. 20,767/  +15.5%). The BMW 5 series was another significant growth driver with sales  rising 11.4% to 55,758 (prev. yr. 50,057).  Internet http://www.bmwgroup.com  February saw 15,975 MINIs delivered to customers (prev. yr. 18,527/ -13.8%).  The sales slow-down is due to the model change-over with the new MINI, which  will go on sale from mid-March. Sales of the MINI Clubman remain strong: in  the first two months of the year, a total of 2,532 vehicles were delivered to  customers, an increase of 22.5% on the same period last year (2,067).  The BMW Group maintained or increased sales in almost all regions in February,  in line with the corporate strategy of balanced growth worldwide. Deliveries  of BMW and MINI models in Asia increased by 22.8% to 45,292 vehicles (prev.  yr. 36,879). Sales for the region in the first two months of 2014 rose 20.2%  to 96,133 (prev. yr. 79,993). In mainland China, sales in February rose 29.1%  with 30,281 deliveries (prev. yr. 23,449). Japan also saw growth of 29.1% with  5,622 vehicles delivered to customers (prev. yr. 4,355) and in South Korea  3,435 BMW and MINI vehicles were delivered in February, an increase of by  17.3% (prev. yr. 2,928).  In the Americas, a total of 30,490 BMW and MINI vehicles were delivered to  customers in February (prev. yr. 30,902/ -1.3%). Sales for the year-to-date  rose 1.0% to 56,467 models delivered (prev. yr. 55,923). In the USA, sales for  the first two months of 2014 remained stable, with a total of 45,272  deliveries (prev. yr. 45,808/ -1.2%) compared with the same period last year.  Sales in Brazil for the year-to-date increased by an impressive 54.0% to 2,420  (prev. yr. 1,571) and deliveries in Mexico in the first two months of 2014  rose by 14.3% to 2,194 (prev. yr. 1,920).  The continuing headwinds in Europe continue to make themselves felt with  60,321 BMW and MINI models delivered in February (prev. yr. 61,253/ -1.5%).  Sales for the first two months of 2014 are on a par with the previous year  with a total of 111,654 deliveries (prev. yr. 111,870/ -0.2%). Sales in  Scandinavia continue to grow significantly, increasing 15.2% compared with the  first two months of last year with a total of 6,551 vehicles delivered in the  year to date (prev. yr. 5,499).  BMW Motorrad sales in February increased by 18.3% compared with the same month  last year (8,098 / prev. yr. 6,847) with a total of 13,536 motorcycles  delivered worldwide in the first two months of the year (prev. yr. 11,665/  +16.0%).  BMW Group sales in February 2014 at a glance                                                        Up                  In February Compared with   to/including Compared with                         2014 previous year  February 2014 previous year     BMW Group     Automobiles      141,093          +5.6%       273,999          +6.6%     BMW              124,839          +8.6%       242,017          +8.9%     MINI              15,975         -13.8%        31,485                                                                    -8.4%     BMW Motorrad       8,098         +18.3%        13,536         +16.0%  The BMW Group  The BMW Group is the leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and  motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a  global company, the BMW Group operates 28 production and assembly facilities  in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.  In 2013, the BMW Group sold around 1.963 million cars and 115,215 motorcycles  worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2012 was € 7.82  billion on revenues amounting to € 76.85 billion. As of 31 December 2012,  the BMW Group had a workforce of 105,876 employees.  The success of the BMW Group has always been based 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.  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