For the first time in its history, the BMW Group, which includes the BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce brands, delivered over one million vehicles (1,036,088 units to be precise) in the first seven months of the year recording a 7.6 percent increase over the same period in 2011 when it delivered 962,493 cars.
The automaker said it made strong gains in Asia during the first seven months of 2012 with sales climbing 25.0 percent to 274,058 vehicles, while remaining stable in Europe with a 0.4 percent drop at 499,749 units.
In the Americas, BMW Group sales climbed 8.0 percent from January through July to 227,696 vehicles, with 185,715 units (+9.5%) delivered in the U.S.A.
The BMW Group achieved double-digit growth in many of its other markets, including Russia (2,989/ +16.8%), the Middle East (1,598/ +31.3%) and South Africa (2,500/ +18.9%).
For the first seven months of 2012, worldwide sales of the BMW brand were up 7.7 percent to 860,327 units, with MINI recording a similar 7.3 percent growth to 173,960 units.
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW, commented:
"The BMW Group continued on its successful course in July and we are confident that we will continue to make solid gains throughout the second half of the year. Our new vehicles have been very well-received – the luxurious BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé has had an excellent start - and we are confident that the new BMW 7 Series and X1 which are launched this month will provide for further success."