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February 14, 2019

BMW Group global sales up 0.5% in January

BMW Group has posted global deliveries of the company’s three premium automotive brands up 0.5% in January, with a total of 170,463 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce cars sent to customers.

By Rhodri Morgan

BMW Group has posted global deliveries up 0.5% in January of the company’s three premium automotive brands, with a total of 170,463 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce cars sent to customers.

This is the company’s strongest-ever start to a year, achieved despite current headwinds affecting the industry in several markets.   “We’re pleased to have achieved a sales increase in January, despite the challenging market conditions around the world,” said BMW board member responsible for Sales and Brand BMW, Pieter Nota.

“We do expect slight growth in 2019, although the model changeover of the BMW 3 Series, will impact sales in the first quarter. Growth will be driven mainly by full availability of the BMW X5, the introduction of the all-new BMW X7 and, of course, the seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series.

“In January, I was also pleased to see sales of our electrified vehicles grow, despite model changeovers of two key models. By the end of this year, the number of BMW Group electrified vehicles on the roads around the world will total more than half a million.”   January saw BMW brand sales increase by 0.8% to total 149,616 vehicles delivered globally, a new record for the month. Limited availability of some compact models and the current model changeover of the BMW X5 and BMW 3 Series was offset by sales of the BMW X3, which more than doubled (22,818 vehicles/ +138.3%) and sales of the new BMW X4 (4,397 vehicles/ +36.9%).   Overall sales of BMW Group Electrified vehicles increased by 1.4% compared with January last year, with a total of 7,234 vehicles delivered to customers around the world. This increase was achieved despite limited availability of two key plug-in hybrid vehicles due to model changeovers – the introduction of the new BMW 330e and the new BMW X5 xDrive45e later this year is expected to support further sales growth of the company’s range of electrified vehicles.

The BMW i3 is the company’s best-selling electrified vehicle; the introduction late last year of an optional new, more powerful battery helped grow i3 sales in January to 2,598 vehicles, 30.4% more than in the same month last year.

The BMW 530e (fuel consumption combined: 2.2-2.1 l/100 km; power consumption combined: 13.6-13.3 kWh/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 49-47 g/km) was also a significant growth driver, with deliveries up 82.0% (1,722 vehicles).  

  • Europe: January 2019 – 63,696 units; change – (-)2.1%
  • Germany: January 2019 – 22,956 units; change – (-)6.8%
  • UK: January 2019 – 10,399 units; change – 4%
  • Asia: January 2019 – 75,881 units; change – 6.7%
  • China (Mainland): January 2019 – 63,135 units; change – 15.5%
  • Japan: January 2019 – 3,026 units; change – (-)16.6%
  • Americas: January 2019 – 26,786 units; change – (-)6.2%
  • US: January 2019 – 20,559 units; change – (-)6.3%
  • Latin America: January 2019 – 3,815 units; change – (-)0.9%
  • BMW Group sales in January, 2019 at a glance:
  • BMW Group Automotive: January 2019 – 170,463 units; change – 0.5%
  • BMW: January 2019 – 149,616 units; change – 0.8%
  • MINI: January 2019 – 20,575 units; change – (-)1.7%
  • BMW Group electrified: January 2019 – 7,234 units; change – 1.4%
  • BMW Motorrad: January 2019 – 8,578 units; change – 1.5%

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