Worldwide BMW Sales Grew to Record Breaking Numbers in May

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Global sales of BMW vehicles reached a grand total of 826,865 units so far in 2014, 7.4 percent more than in the same period of last year. Now, reaching the 2 million goal set by BMW now seems a bit closer.

In May, total deliveries worldwide reached 177,741 units, marking a 6.8 percent increase over the same month of 2013, the best May ever in the company’s history.

“The BMW Group continued to achieve record sales in May, keeping us well on track to sell over two million vehicles in 2014,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW.

“Customer demand in the USA is showing solid growth, as is the Americas region as a whole, whilst Asia continues to be strong. Sales this year in Europe are also showing some signs of recovery,” Robertson added.

BMW brand vehicles posted even more impressive gains worldwide, posting a 10 percent increase in May, 153,023 units being delivered to customers. Furthermore, on a year-to-date basis, the growth is bigger at 10.9 percent, reaching a grand total of 722,129.

The best selling model remains the 3 Series that was sold in the first 5 months of the year in no less than 193,866 units, a 2.1 percent increase. Following close in its footsteps is the 5 Series that accounted for 155,733 units, a growth of 10.6 percent in May and 5.5 percent on a year-to-date basis.

The X models were also amongst the most popular, the X5 posting a 62.5 percent increase over the same month of 2013, with a total of 12,382 units delivered in May and a grand total so far in 2014 of 55,136. The biggest seller was the X1 though, with 67,391 units so far this year, a 4.9 percent increase.

Asia saw the biggest sales increase, reaching a mind-boggling total of 264,094 vehicles, an increase of 19.7 percent on a year-to-date basis. China accounted for most of them, of course, with 184,823 of the cars heading their way, a 24.6 percent growth.

In the Americas, 178,126 BMW and MINI were delivered over the first 5 months of the year, recording a slight increase of 3.8 percent in total. Out of the grand total, 145,957 units went solely to the US.

Compared to its eternal rival, Mercedes-Benz, BMW managed, once again, to keep in front. The Stuttgart-based company sold only 134,031 units worldwide in May, a 10.4 percent increase over the same month of 2013, 18,992 less than the Bavarians.

On a year-to-date basis, the difference is even bigger, with the Mercedes accounting for 641,384 deliveries worldwide while BMW sold 722,129 units. However, Daimler’s growth in percentages is bigger than BMW’s by 4 percentage points.
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