Russian sales by BMW through its official dealerships rose 43.7% year on year to 1,351 cars in January-March, an official with the BMW Russland Trading company told Prime-Tass.

The most popular models in the period were the 5 series, with 440 cars sold, and the 3 series (358).

The 5 series is assembled at the Avtotor plant in Russia's Kaliningrad region.

In 2004, the company sold 5,001 cars in Russia.