The BMW Group sold more than a million vehicles in the first half of 2014, a new record.

A total of 1,020,211 vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide, an increase of 6.9% over the same period in 2013 (previous year 954,501 units). Sales in June also reached an all-time high: deliveries increased 4.8% with a total of 193,342 vehicles sold in June (previous year 184,489 units).

"This is the first time we've sold more than a million cars in the first half of the year and underscores the strength of our premium brands within the BMW Group," said Ian Robertson, member of the BMW board of management, sales and marketing BMW. "June is the latest in a long line of record months and the figures confirm we're on the right track to achieve our target of delivering more than 2m vehicles in 2014. We aim to continue our sales growth in the second half of the year, when exciting new vehicles like the BMW X4 and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will come onto the market."

Worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles in June climbed 7.3% to total 164,214 units (previous year 153,075 units). Since the start of the year, 886,347 units BMWs have been delivered to customers worldwide - an increase of 10.2% (previous year 804,227 units).

Sales of the BMW 2 Series, which has been in dealerships since March, have continued to develop well with 11,067 units delivered in the year to date. With a total of 233,438 cars delivered (previous year 216,593 units), sales of the BMW 3 Series rose 7.8% in the first half of 2014 while deliveries of the BMW 4 Series - available since September 2013 - reached 47,031 in the year to date. Sales of the BMW 5 Series rose 7.6% in the same period (193,560/ previous year 179,863 units). In June, BMW 7 Series sales increased 6.4% with a total of 5,358 deliveries (previous year 5,035); BMW 7 Series sales for the year to date remain around the previous year's level with 26,378 deliveries (previous year 27,090/ -2.6%). Sales of the BMW X1 remained steady in the first half of 2014 with 79,344 units delivered (previous year 79,063 / +0.4%). Demand for the BMW X3 continued to grow in the first six months of the year with a total of 82,830 customer deliveries (previous year 77,950 / +6.3%). The BMW X5 was a significant growth driver in June with 13,097 deliveries (previous year 9,661 / + 35.6%) as was the BMW X6, which saw an increase in sales of 18.4% (3,341/ previous year 2,822)

In June, 1,241 BMW i3s were delivered to customers, bringing the year to date sales for this innovative electric vehicle up to 5,396 units.

As expected the recent model change means overall Mini sales continue to be down on 2013 with a total of 131,896 customer deliveries in the first six months of 2013 (previous year 148,799/ -11.4%). In June, 28,738 Mini's were delivered to customers (previous year 31,102/ -7.6%). However sales of the new Mini Hatch, the core model which began to arrive in the showrooms in March, are beginning to reflect the positive customer reaction to the third generation of this iconic car. In June, 12,862 units were sold, an increase of 3.2% on the same month in 2013 (previous year 12,460). This positive trend in Mini sales is expected to continue through the rest of the year.

Sales of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in the first half of the year totalled 1,968 units (previous year 1,475/ +33.4%). Rolls-Royce continues to see strong customer demand for Wraith, significant orders for the recently announced Ghost Series II and good demand for the Phantom family of cars across the world. Strong sales performances were seen in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. At mid-year, the US had overtaken China as the marque's largest worldwide market. The company continues to plan for long-term sustainable growth and is on target for another record year in 2014.

Global sales for BMW Motorrad totalled 70,978 motorcycles and maxi-scooters in the first half of the year (previous year 64,941/ +9.3%). In June 11,827 vehicles were sold (previous year 12.541/ -5.7%).

In line with its strategy of balanced global growth, the BMW Group made gains in all three major sales regions in the first half of 2014.

In Asia, the BMW Group has delivered 321,915 BMW and Mini brand vehicles in the year to date, an increase of 18.3% on the same period in 2013 (previous year 272,100). Several markets in the region experienced double-digit growth in the first six months of the year including South Korea, where a total of 21,972 BMW and Mini vehicles were delivered to customers (previous year 18,412/ +19.3%) and mainland China, where sales rose 23.1% in the first half year (225,035/ previous year 182,800).

The Americas recorded steady growth in the first six months of 2014 with overall sales of BMW and Mini vehicles up 3.4% (220,764 / previous year 213,473). In the US, sales rose 5.1% with a total of 181,534 deliveries so far in 2014 (previous year 172,787). Sales in Mexico were up 6.2% (6,803 / previous year 6,406) in the same period; just last week, the BMW Group announced plans to build a plant in the San Luis Potosí region of the country. It has planned to build around 15,000 vehicles a year there once production begins in 2019.

BMW Group sales in Europe are also positive with total deliveries of BMW and Mini vehicles increasing by 2.1% to 445,808 units (previous year 436,460) in the first half of 2014. In June, customer registrations in the company's home market Germany are up 2.4% (26,100 / previous year 25,485).

BMW Group sales in/up to June at a glance

 

In June 2014

Compared to previous year

Up to/including June 2014

Compared to previous year

BMW Group Automobiles

193,342

+4.8%

1,020,211

+6.9%

BMW

164,214

+7.3%

886,347

+10.2%

Mini

28,738

-7.6%

131,896

-11.4%

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

390

+25.0%

1,968

+33.4%

BMW Motorrad

11,827

-5.7%

70,978

+9.3%