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08/02/2013    10:10 AM
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The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported July sales of 29,993 vehicles, an increase of 10.5 percent from the 27,152 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 9.2 percent on sales of 202,780 in the first seven months of 2013 compared to 185,715 in the same period in 2012.

“July is a pivotal month, setting the trend for the second half of the year and the numbers show the trend is with us” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, LLC. “We have a strong line-up of new vehicles to launch in the months ahead led by the all-new X5, which started production today, and the beautiful … CONTINUED

08/01/2013    9:40 AM
COMMENTS: 12

Group revenues rise to € 19.55 billion in second quarter
Group profit before taxes up to € 2.03 billion
Second quarter Group net profit of € 1.39 billion
Six-month revenues at € 37.09 billion
Six-month profit before taxes of € 4.03 billion
Six-month Group net profit increases to € 2.70 billion
BMW Group reaffirms outlook for full year 2013

Munich. The BMW Group achieved a new sales volume record in the second quarter within a challenging market environment and was also able to raise revenues as well as profit before and after tax. Second quarter Group revenues rose to € 19,552 million (2012: € 19,202 million; +1.8%). High levels of investment on new technologies, increased personnel costs and greater competition caused profit before financial result (EBIT) to reach € 2,068 million (2012: … CONTINUED

07/17/2013    6:30 AM
COMMENTS: 31

With a 1.3 billion population and an increasing affluent middle class, the following bit of news comes as no surprise. If you’ve been paying attention to recent global sales figures for BMW, you would have seen the writing on the wall.

BMW recently told Autonews that China will probably surpass the U.S. as its top national market in 2013.

In the first half of 2013, BMW delivered more cars in China than in the U.S. and Chinese deliveries are likely to rise about 10 percent for the full year, says Karsten Engel, head of BMW’s business in China. BMW delivered 182,800 cars and SUVs (including Minis) in China in the first half of 2013, compared to 172,787 in the U.S. The 182,800 Chinese deliveries represent … CONTINUED

07/08/2013    9:35 AM
COMMENTS: 10

BMW Group achieved its highest sales for the first six months of the year, with a total of 954,521 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 6.0% over the same period last year (prev. yr. 900,566). Sales in June also reached an all-time high with 184,489 vehicles sold worldwide last month, an increase of 6.9% over the previous year (172,528).

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW, said in Munich on Monday: “The BMW Group achieved its best ever sales figures in the first half of this year and last month, despite the prevailing headwinds in some European markets. We aim to continue our sales growth in the second half of the year with new models such as the BMW 5 Series, … CONTINUED

07/02/2013    12:45 PM
COMMENTS: 15

The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported June sales of 33,645 vehicles, an increase of 21.4 percent from the 27,720 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 9.0 percent on sales of 172,787 in the first six months of 2013 compared to 158,563 in the same period in 2012.

“There is nothing like an abundance of new and popular models to drive sales, resulting in new U.S. sales records for BMW, MINI and pre-owned BMW,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “We started this year with confidence and optimism; the sales results have verified our viewpoint and we are very much looking forward to the second … CONTINUED

06/10/2013    10:45 AM
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166,397 Group vehicles sold worldwide in May, an increase of 6.0%
BMW sales increase by 7.8% to 139,161 vehicles last month
Solid double-digit growth posted in several markets

Munich – June 10, 2013.. BMW Group sales recorded solid growth once again in May. With 166,397 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce automobiles delivered worldwide (prev. yr. 156,954/ +6.0%), the BMW Group achieved its best-ever May sales result. A total of 770,025 (prev. yr. 728,038/ +5.8%) vehicles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year, the highest sales figures ever for the company in the first five months of the year.

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW, said in Munich on Monday,

06/05/2013    10:40 AM
COMMENTS: 36

The BMW Group has extended its run of success in the International Engine of the Year Awards by recording two more class wins. The company’s latest distinctions in the globally renowned competition came courtesy of two drive units which bring sporty performance characteristics to current BMW and MINI vehicles in particularly efficient style. In a repeat of last year, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology fitted in models including the BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series and BMW 5 Series finished top of its displacement category. And the 1.6-litre four-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo engine from the MINI Cooper S went one better, celebrating its third class win in a row. The Engine of the Year Awards were presented on 5 June 2013 … CONTINUED

06/04/2013    9:00 AM
COMMENTS: 15

BMW brand sales up 13.8 percent
MINI brand sales down 3.4 percent
BMW Motorcycle sales up 61.1 percent; best May ever

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 3, 2013… The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported May sales of 31,174 vehicles, an increase of 10.1 percent from the 28,321 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 6.3 percent on sales of 139,142 in the first five months of 2013 compared to 130,843 in the same period in 2012.

“May usually gives us a strong boost as we head into summer and it did so again this year with the newly introduced 320i bringing significant numbers of entirely new customers to the brand,” said Ludwig … CONTINUED

05/22/2013    10:30 AM
COMMENTS: 19

BMW along with Audi and Mercedes have experienced large sales increases in South Korea in the first quarter, each by at least 25% – faster growth than even in China.

Foreign brands have managed to secure 41% of Korea’s market for premium vehicles (up from 28% two years ago). A big part of the reason is the lower duties on European imports – down to just 3.2% (from 8%) after a trade agreement was signed in 2011. Next year will see these taxes eliminated for most cars. These gains for the German luxury makes come at the expense of Hyundai and Kia, which count on sales of luxury vehicles in their home market for much of their earnings.

Lee Tack Young says Hyundai’s vehicles are oversized, overpriced … CONTINUED