BMW Tops 1 million Sales in First Five Months for First Time

by Member - Evanwritescars on June 12, 2018, 9:26 am

BMW has topped one million deliveries in the first five months of the year. It's a record for the automaker, which puts sales up 1.6 percent from the same time last year.

The automaker credits the bump to sales of it's X series crossovers. They're up 3.4 percent to make up 35.3 percent of all BMW sales. That's despite a slowdown of the X3 while the company ramps up production of the new model.

BMW i models are growing too. Enough that BMW is increasing production at Plant Leipzig by 50 percent this fall. I, iPerformance, and Mini Electric sales jumped 41 percent to hit 46,849. Electrified models make up 7 percent of BMW and Mini models sold in the US, up 61 percent. In Norway and Malaysia, they already make up more than half.

The automaker is also not worried about the new European WLTP testing standard that has threatened to halt production at some other brands. The company said that the changeover is proceeding to plan.

Of the 1,003,573 sales for BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce, Europe remains the largest market. Sales there hit 446,485. Sales in Asia hit 348,342 with 248,870 of those in China. The US saw 142,469 sales, making it the company's second largest single country market after China._a2_

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