• BMW Group reporting 6% sales growth for the first six months of the year
• A total of 954,921 BMW brand vehicles delivered worldwide in first half of year
• Audi AG achieved best first-half-year sales total in company history
• Year-on-year growth of 6.4 percent for Audi
The BMW Group is reporting high sales growth for the first six months of the year with an increase of 6.0% over the same period last year along with gains on nearly all continents. A total of 954,921 vehicles were delivered worldwide as opposed to the previous year where 900,566 were delivered within the first six months of the year. 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).
American sales in the first six months increased 9.0% to 172,787 units sold over 158,563 in the previous year. Last month saw a large 21.4% increase in sales compared to the same month last year with 33,3645 vehicles delivered. This growth is attributed to the 2013 BMW 3 Series with xDrive and the BMW X1.
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, which is launched this month and the third generation of the highly successful BMW X5 whichX5, which arrives later in the year. Additional new models such as the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and the BMW 4 Series Coupé will also provide for further impetus.”
The BMW 3 Series was one of the brand’s growth drivers in the first half year with 236,215 units sold, an increase of 21.8% over the same period last year (prev. yr. 193,996). The current sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series is the best-selling generation so far and the clear leader in its segment.
AUDI AG reported a new record, having achieved its best first half-year sales total in the company’s history attributed to year-on-year growth of 6.4%. Worldwide, the company delivered around 780,500 cars from January through June – up 6.4%. But half-year sales in Europe of 383,700 vehicles were down 2.5% compared to 2012—a decrease attributed to an economic downturn.
The Audi Q5 played a significant role in helping Audi of America post new record figures again each month in the first half of the year. 13,706 deliveries and an 8.2% increase in sales made June 2013 the second-best sales month in the history of the Four Rings in the United States.