Mercedes-Benz withstood a late surge from BMW, ending its rival’s two-year reign as the U.S. luxury-vehicle sales leader as the breadth of Mercedes’s lineup pushed it to a record year.
Mercedes posted a 17 percent gain in December with 33,007 deliveries, as the new entry-level CLA, and revamped mid-size E-class and premium S-class cars led the gains. For the year, Mercedes sales rose 14 percent to 312,534, or 3,254 more than BMW’s 2013 total.
This was only the second time Mercedes has won the U.S. luxury sales crown, according to the Automotive News Data Center. It earned its other title in 1999 when it sold 189,437 vehicles in the U.S.
Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes parent Daimler AG, said in July he expected his company to come … CONTINUED
Worldwide demand for BMW Group vehicles continues to develop positively. The company reported record monthly sales once again in October. With 165,851 (prev. yr.: 157,621) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered worldwide, sales were 5.2% higher than in the same month last year. Between January and October 2013, sales increased by 7.3% to reach a new all-time high of 1,602,018 vehicles (prev. yr.:1,493,154).
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW: “We remain on track with a new all-time high in sales in October and in the first ten months, despite the continued headwinds in some European markets. We are confident that sales will continue to develop positively until the end of the year and we … CONTINUED
The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported September sales of 28,874 vehicles, an increase of 8.3 percent from the 26,660 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 11.6 percent on sales of 262,200 in the first nine months of 2013 compared to 234,928 in the same period in 2012.
“September was unusual because of significantly fewer selling days than August, so the more than 8% increase for BMW and another record month for MINI are further fueling BMW Group momentum going into the final quarter of the year,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “October means arrival of the new X5, a full month for the … CONTINUED
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
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
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
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
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