BMW Group global sales increase in January

Munich. The BMW Group has started 2019 with a
positive sales result: global deliveries of the company’s three
premium automotive brands increased by 0.5% in January, with a total
of 170,463 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce cars delivered to customers. This
is the company’s strongest-ever start to a year, achieved despite the
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
Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of
BMW AG responsible for Sales and Brand BMW. “We do expect slight
growth in 2019, although the model changeover of the BMW 3 Series, our
all-time top-selling model, 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 / +138.3%) and sales of the
new BMW X4 (4,397 / +36.9%).


Overall sales of BMW Group Electrified vehicles
increased by 1.4% compared with January last year, with a total of
7,234 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, 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).


2019 will also see the launch of the MINI Electric –
the fully-electric car will be introduced to the public later this
year. It looks set to build on the success of the MINI Countryman
Cooper S E plug-in hybrid (fuel consumption combined:
2.5-2.4 l/100 km, power consumption combined 13.7-13.4 kWh/100 km, CO2
emissions combined: 56-55 g/km), which grew its sales by 25.7% in
January (1,027) thereby accounting for 18.0% of MINI Countryman sales.
January deliveries of MINI brand vehicles totalled 20,575 (-1.7%).


Following its eighth successive record sales year, BMW
began 2019 with a 1.5% increase in sales. In total,
8,578 premium BMW Motorrad motorcycles and maxi-scooters were
delivered to customers around the world in January.


BMW MINI sales in the regions/markets

With ongoing economic headwinds in several significant markets, the
BMW Group continues its strategy of prioritising profit ahead of volume.


Mainland China was the company’s main growth driver in January, with
a sales increase of 15.5% (63,135) in the month. Much of that growth
is due to the full availability of the BMW 5 Series and the locally
produced BMW X3, which went into production in China in the summer of
last year. As expected, significant model changeovers in the USA led
to a sales decrease (20,559 / -6.3%) in the company’s second-largest
market, while several European markets continue to be affected by
economic headwinds.


*Provisional registration figures



BMW Group sales in January 2019 at a glance


*BMW i, BMW iPerformance, MINI Electric



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In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and
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