BMW Group has increased global vehicle deliveries for the first eight months of the year to more than a million vehicles (1,073,363), including MINI and Rolls Royce, beating last year’s figures (just under 920,000) over the same period by nearly 17%.
From January to August 2011, 893,474 BMW brand vehicles were delivered according to the company, which was 15.2% higher than for the same period in the previous year (775,258).
Global BMW brand sales for last month totalled nearly 111,000, 7.4% ahead of the August 2010 total of around 103,240, while the year-to-date total was 893,474, versus 775,258, a rise of 15.2%.
“Models such as the BMW X3, the BMW 5 Series Sedan and the BMW 5 Series Touring continued to report strong gains and made a positive contribution to our record sales performance last month,” confirmed Ian Robertson, member of the board of management of BMW, responsible for Sales and Marketing,
MINI brand sales climbed 5.2% to 15,761 vehicles worldwide in August and sales in the first eight months of this year have increased 24.8% to 177,829 vehicles (Rolls Royce figures are due to be included in the next quarterly figures).
According to a BMW spokesperson, sales across the group are planned to increase by more than 10% in 2011 to set a new record of over 1.6m vehicles compared to a previous BMW Group sales high in 2007 of just more than 1.5m units.
Significantly, in China the carmaker saw a sales increase of nearly 50% to the end of August with figures of nearly 160,000.
The carmaker has also increased investment in its new Tiexi facility in Shenyang province to around €1 billion with its Chinese partner Brilliance. Start of production is scheduled to begin with the X1 in early 2012.
CKD shipments of components will be moved to support production from a new logistics centre in Leipzig run by German logistics provider DB Schenker.