BMW, Mini and BMW Motorrad (motorcycles) all achieved new sales records in April as 179,285 group automobiles were delivered to customers around the world, up 1.9% year on year.

Year to date sales rose 4.9% to 736,931 units.

“Following on from our best-ever sales month in March, we have once again achieved sustainable and profitable levels of growth across the BMW Group product line-up,” said sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson. “Despite headwinds in some markets, the overall global picture remains positive for the year.”

BMW brand sales rose 1.1% to an April record 150,542 vehicles while year to date volume was up 4.8% to 629,325.

X series SUVs are the biggest growth drivers so far in 2016. Sales of the updated X1 increased 60.6% year on year with 63,243 delivered and X3 sales rose 18.4% to 49,325.

Other BMW models which achieved double-digit sales growth include the BMW 2 Series, with sales up 54.8% (59,407) and the BMW 7 Series, which grew sales by 15.8% in the first four months of the year (14,609).

The top three markets for the 4,504 pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles sold in April were the US, Scandinavia and the UK. Sales of the i3 rose 50.7% to 1,854 and nearly 10% of all X5s sold in April were the electrified version launched six months ago with 1,196 delivered.

Mini sales in April rose 6.3% to 28,441 worldwide with YTD volume up 5.6% to 106,753 boosted by the new convertible and Clubman versions.