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      08-08-2014, 07:10 AM   #1
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Sales increase by 7.6% to 163,959 vehicles

Year-to-date deliveries rise 7.0% totalling 1,184,170

Over one million BMW brand vehicles sold in first seven months


Munich. Sales of BMW Group vehicles achieved a new high for the month of July with a total of 163,959 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 7.6% over the same month last year (prev. yr. 152,351). Global sales for the year-to-date are also the best ever with 1,184,170 vehicles delivered to customers in the first seven months of the year (prev. yr. 1,106,852 / +7.0%).

"We are pleased to see the excellent sales results of the first half-year continuing into July," said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. "Our focus is on ensuring our sales remain balanced worldwide and we are confident that our strong vehicle line-up will enable us to achieve this. The success of our new vehicles such as the BMW X4, which went on sale in July, demonstrates that we are providing our customers with what they want." Summing up the global sales situation and looking ahead to the rest of 2014, Robertson added, "We are confident that our positive sales momentum will continue, ensuring we will sell more than two million cars this year with a clear focus on profitable growth."

Global sales of BMW brand vehicles rose 8.4% to 139,399 units in July (prev. yr. 128,596), bringing the year-to-date total to 1,025,747 – it’s the first time the brand has sold over a million vehicles this early in the year (prev. yr. 932,823 / +10.0%). Many model segments show steady rates of growth. Deliveries of the top-selling BMW 3 Series rose to 271,720 in the year-to-date (prev. yr. 255,745 / +6.2%) and the newly introduced BMW 4 Series posted sales of 57,524 units in the same period. Sales of the BMW 5 Series rose by 7.4% in the first seven months of the year, with a total of 223,587 cars delivered (prev. yr. 208,093). Sales of the X family continue to grow: July saw the first customer deliveries of the all-new BMW X4 and a total of 1,296 were sold in its first month with customer demand for the vehicle high. The spectacular growth in sales of the BMW X5 continues with sales in the year-to-date climbing 31.4% to 79,537 (prev. yr. 60,544).

One year after the international premiere of the all-electric BMW i3, sales of the megacity vehicle rose to 6,620 in the year-to-date.

MINI sales figures are above last year’s level, making it the brand’s best July ever. A total of 24,259 vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide (prev. yr. 23,515 / +3.2%) and this positive trend is expected to continue in the second half of the year. Sales of the new third-generation MINI Hatch, the brand’s core model, are up 22.3% compared to the same month last year with a total of 11,970 delivered in July (prev. yr. 9,785). In the year-to-date, a total of 156,154 MINIs were sold (prev. yr. 172,314 / -9.4%).

BMW Motorrad achieved the best July result to date, with 11,661 motorcycles and maxi-scooters delivered (prev. yr. 11,241 / +3.7%). Year-to-date, 82,639 vehicles were sold, a solid growth of 8.5% over the same period last year (76,182).

The BMW Group made gains on all continents

In Asia, the company delivered 373,594 BMW and MINI brand vehicles in the first seven months of the year, an increase of 17.2% compared to July last year (prev. yr. 318,821). Strong double-digit growth continues to be recorded in mainland China, where sales for the year-to-date are up 21.8% to a total of 261,919 vehicles (prev. yr. 214,994). Another market in the region showing particularly strong growth is South Korea, where deliveries for the same period totalled 25,736 vehicles (prev. yr. 22,053 / +16.7%).

Sales of BMW and MINI vehicles continued to grow steadily in the Americas. Year-to-date, the region posted a sales plus of 3.6% with a total of 259,658 vehicles delivered (prev. yr. 250,517). In the USA, sales for the first seven months of the year totalled 213,754 vehicles, an increase of 5.4% on the same period in 2013 (prev. yr. 202,780).

In Europe, BMW Group sales grew 2.8% since the beginning of the year, with 513,707 BMW and MINI vehicles delivered to customers (prev. yr. 499,902). July saw solid growth in Great Britain – the company’s fourth largest market – where sales increased 9.3% (12,920 / prev. yr. 11,825). Year-to-date, sales increased 2.5% to a total of 111,261 vehicles (prev. yr. 108,578). The home market in Germany grew strongly in July, where registrations of BMW and MINI vehicles increased 8.7% to 23,646 vehicles.

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      08-08-2014, 09:33 AM   #2
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Nice figures and since they are selling like rockets why on earth they need a FWD 1 Series? :P
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Nice figures and since they are selling like rockets why on earth they need a FWD 1 Series? :P
Greed... Cheaper to produce, so profits will rise. They say 60% doesn't even know their 1-Series is RWD, but I don't think I believe that. It's very obvious in feeling of all BMWs and people know :-)
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Nice figures and since they are selling like rockets why on earth they need a FWD 1 Series? :P
Greed... Cheaper to produce, so profits will rise. They say 60% doesn't even know their 1-Series is RWD, but I don't think I believe that. It's very obvious in feeling of all BMWs and people know :-)
Just more marketing propaganda like the F8x M3 losing hundreds of pounds. My wife knows little about cars but knows BMW is known for rear wheel drive and doesn't make a front wheel drive car. If they wanna make FWD vehicles just brand/sell them as Mini. What's the big deal? They're already FWD
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Maybe the sale are record high but the constant change of delivery dates that I've been experiencing is unacceptable.

First the dealer announced we would have to loose the M4 July slot, unless I resign from most of the the options. Hence first week of August got confirmed.

Now I was told it the same story all over again and it got moved to October as they are having difficulties with part availability (apparently carbon brakes are the main reason).

Today second week of September got confirmed.

There is a big chance a Jag F-type R will be available at the dealers this month.. Now its all up to my dealer and the compensation hes prepared for.

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Nice figures and since they are selling like rockets why on earth they need a FWD 1 Series? :P
Greed... Cheaper to produce, so profits will rise. They say 60% doesn't even know their 1-Series is RWD, but I don't think I believe that. It's very obvious in feeling of all BMWs and people know :-)
My little sister knew that BMW are RWD! that's nonsense....60% don't know it's rear wheel drive...
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For all the griping about the FWD 1 series- remember corporate mpg average requirements.

You guys/gals better pray that the FWD is a hit and hi-seller. Only then will BMW continue to make huge V6 and V8s.

Otherwise, you're next M3 might come with a 160 hp 3 cylinder.
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Otherwise, you're next M3 might come with a 160 hp 3 cylinder.
...and most of us would be long gone
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BMW why don't you bring the F20/F21, F11 to north american market if sales figures is your only goal. They might not be best seller but they will still increase your sales figures.
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For all the griping about the FWD 1 series- remember corporate mpg average requirements.

You guys/gals better pray that the FWD is a hit and hi-seller. Only then will BMW continue to make huge V6 and V8s.

Otherwise, you're next M3 might come with a 160 hp 3 cylinder.
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For all the griping about the FWD 1 series- remember corporate mpg average requirements.

You guys/gals better pray that the FWD is a hit and hi-seller. Only then will BMW continue to make huge V6 and V8s.

Otherwise, you're next M3 might come with a 160 hp 3 cylinder.
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People might not know that their bmw is rear wheel drive. But they know that there is something special about BMW's compared to say an Audi. My girlfriend doesn't know the mechanics of her car but she sure as hell loves driving it. Yet she hated every Audi she test drove... Hmm
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