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BMW Group sales growth continues in September

BMW Group sales growth continues in September
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Munich (ots) -

   September sales up 5.3% with 199,799 vehicles delivered to
   customers 
   First three quarters see sales rise 6.5% to 1,529,880 vehicles
   Over 10,000 BMW i3s sold in the year-to-date                      

   Overall sales of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles have
continued to grow, making it the BMW Group's best ever September. A 
total of 199,799 vehicles were delivered to customers, an increase of
5.3% on the same month last year (189,664). The first three quarters 
of 2014 were also the most successful in the company's history. A 
total of 1,529,880 vehicles have been sold in the year-to-date, up 
6.5% compared to the same period last year (prev. yr. 1,436,166).    

   "As in the first three quarters overall, we've had a record 
September with growth in Europe, Asia and the Americas. This increase
in sales comes despite external factors continuing to influence a few
individual markets," said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of 
Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. "BMW i can celebrate 
several milestones this month: more than 10,000 BMW i3s have been 
delivered to customers this year and 341 BMW i8 customers have 
received delivery of their cars since sales began in the summer. The 
other new models we have launched in the last 12 months are also 
selling well and we are confident that the BMW 2 Series Active 
Tourer, which went on sale in September, will further boost sales. 
It's the most dynamic vehicle in its segment and will bring new 
customers to the BMW brand."                                         

   September saw worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles grow by 6.1% 
to total 167,584 vehicles (prev. yr. 158,017). Global sales of the 
brand in the first three quarters of 2014 rose 9.1% on the same 
period last year with 1,319,492 vehicles delivered to customers 
(prev. yr. 1,209,584).                                     

   Steady sales growth has been seen across many segments in the 
first nine months of the year. Sales of the BMW 2 Series Convertible 
and Coupé total 19,941. The BMW 3 Series saw sales increase 3.7% in 
the year-to-date (349,930 / prev. yr. 337,544). A total of 81,876 BMW
4 Series vehicles have been delivered to customers this year and the 
BMW 5 Series has achieved a sales increase of 2.8% in the first three
quarters of the year (278,479 / prev. yr. 270,904). The new BMW X5 
also continues to enjoy a significant increase in customer interest 
with sales up 34.2% so far this year (104,997 / prev. yr. 78,247).   

   BMW i sales total 10,540 for the year to date with 10,199 BMW i3s 
and 341 BMW i8s having been delivered to customers.     

   September saw MINI brand sales increase compared to the same month
last year with a total of 31,871 vehicles delivered to customers 
(prev. yr. 31,314 / +1.8%). "MINI has achieved its best-ever 
September which means we remain on course to equal last year's 
annual sales," said Peter Schwarzenbauer,  Member of the Board of 
Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, BMW Motorrad, 
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Aftersales. Deliveries of the new 
generation MINI that was launched in spring this year jumped 18.2% in
September (15,337 / prev. yr. 12,977). The year-to-date sales figures
for the MINI brand overall are down 7.5% due to the model change 
(207,529 /prev. yr. 224,282).                                

   Rolls-Royce Motor Cars remains on target for another record year 
in 2014. The keys to 2,859 Rolls-Royce Phantom, Ghost and Wraith 
models were handed to customers in the nine-month period| |from 
January to September (prev. yr. 2,300 / +24.3%). Rolls-Royce 
continues to see strong customer  demand across all models, including
significant orders for the luxury manufacturer's latest model, Ghost 
Series II, with first customer cars due to be delivered in Q4 2014.
  
   The upward trend also continues at BMW Motorrad, where a total of
9,991 motorcycles and  maxi-scooters (prev. yr. 9,264 / +7.8%) were 
delivered to customers in September. Sales for the year-to-date are 
up 7.6%, totaling| |100,217 (prev. yr. 93,154). This is the first 
ever year BMW Motorrad has sold more than 100,000 motorcycles and 
maxi-scooters in the first three quarters of the year.             

   The BMW Group achieved an increase in sales in all major sales 
regions in September; this ongoing positive trend is reflected in the
figures for the first three  quarters of the year. 
                  
   Sales of BMW and MINI brand vehicles in Asia totaled 56,429 in 
September, an increase of 4.5% on the same month last year (prev.  
yr. 54,014). Year-to-date sales in the region are up 14.2% compared 
to the same period in 2013, with a total of 481,266 BMWs and MINIs
delivered to customers (prev. yr. 421,456). The first three quarters 
of the year saw sales in Mainland China increase 17.9% (335,863 /  
prev. yr. 284,964) whilst sales in South Korea also posted
double-digit growth, up 13.8% in the same period (33,476 / prev. yr. 
29,409).                               

Increased sales have also been achieved in the Americas, where a 
total of 37,882 BMW and MINI brand vehicles were delivered to 
customers in September (prev. yr. 36,889 / +2.7%). This stead 
increase in sales in the region is reflected in the year-to-date 
figures, which are up 3.7% on the same period last year (337,077 / 
prev. yr. 325,078). The USA has been the region's main growth driver 
in the first three quarters with sales totaling 275,779 (prev. yr. 
262,200 / +5.2%). Sales in Mexico are also growing steadily, up 5.8% 
in the year-to-date (10,613 / prev. yr. 10,028).                     

   Deliveries of BMW and MINI vehicles in Europe also reached a new 
high for September with a total of 99,585 units sold (prev. yr. 
93,062 / +7.0%). Sales in the region for the first three quarters of 
2014 increased by a total of 3.4% (662,836 / prev. yr. 641,183). 
Almost all markets have seen sales grow in the year-to-date. Customer
deliveries in Scandinavia have climbed 11.6% with a total of 30,630 
BMWs and MINIs sold so far this year (prev. yr. 27,455). The markets 
in southern Europe also continue to recover with sales in several 
countries seeing growth. Deliveries in Spain, for example, are up 
11.9% compared with the same period last year (28,393 / prev. yr. 
25,374).                                       

   The Middle East region continues to be an important growth driver 
for the BMW Group this year, with the total number of BMWs and MINIs 
delivered to customers climbing 21.0% to 22,786 in the year-to-date 
(prev. yr. 18,835). Sales in the region in September were up 20.6%, 
totaling 2,340 (prev. yr. 1,941).                                    
 
BMW Group sales in/up to September 2014 at a glance                  
                       In Sept.   Comp. to    Up to/incl.   Comp. to
                       2014       previous    Sept. 2014    previous
                                  year                      year
BMW Group Automobiles  199,799   +5.3%        1,529,880     +6.5%    
BMW                    167,584   +6.1%        1,319,492     +9.1%    
MINI                    31,871   +1.8%          207,529     -7.5%    
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars     344   +3,3%            2,859    +24.3%    
BMW Motorrad             9,991   +7.8%          100,217     +7.6%    

 
   The BMW Group   

   With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is 
the world's leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and 
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility 
services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 30 production 
and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales
network in more than 140 countries.                                  

   In 2013, the BMW Group sold approximately 1.963 million cars and 
115,215 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the 
financial year 2013 was Euro 7.91 billion on revenues amounting to  
approximately Euro 76.06 billion. As of 31 December 2013, the BMW 
Group had a workforce of 110,351 employees.                     

   The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore 
established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value
chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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