BMW Motorrad had a successful May with global sales climbing 14.2% to 13,081 vehicles (prev. yr. 11,457) — an all time high for the month of May. In the first five months of 2013, BMW Motorrad increased sales by 7.1% to 52,400 (prev. yr. 48,918) motorcycles and maxi scooters.
“We have achieved our best May result to date with double-digit growth as compared to the previous year,” said Heiner Faust, Head of BMW Sales and Marketing. “We are currently 7.1% above last year with an all-time first-quarter high in 2013, a record in April and a very strong May. While we are pleased to say that the very difficult markets of Southern Europe, Italy, Spain and France are showing very stable sales results, we are seeing especially good growth rates in the overseas markets of North and South America, Asia and Russia. Germany — our strongest single market — is also seeing a positive trend in spite of the unfavorable climate situation. The main driving force behind this development is provided by our new models, the BMW R1200GS, BMW F800GT and BMW HP4 as well as our maxi scooters, of course. We are anticipating another powerful stimulus from our new travel enduro, the F800GS Adventure, which goes out to dealerships in mid-June.”
BMW Motorrad USA reported sales of 1,809 motorcycles in May, an increase of 61.1% from the total of 1,123 motorcycles sold in May, 2012. This is an all time record for the month of May for the North American subsidiary as well besting the previous record set in 2005 by nearly 170 units. F-series sales, boosted by the introduction of the new F800GS Adventure and F800GT, grew by 66% compared to May 2012 with 353 units compared to 212 units last year. Growth in K-series, up 24%, came from the 6-cylinder K1600GTL and GT but it was the all-new water-cooled R1200GS boxer that lead the way in May with 360 units delivered to customers, driving growth of 42% in R-series models.
Meanwhile, BMW Group sales recorded solid growth once again in May. With 166,397 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce automobiles delivered worldwide (prev. yr. 156,954/+6.0%), the BMW Group achieved its best-ever May sales result. A total of 770,025 (prev. yr. 728,038/+5.8%) vehicles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year, the highest sales figures ever for the company in the first five months of the year.
Worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles climbed 7.8% to 139,161 units (prev. yr. 129,141) last month. MINI achieved a new milestone in the past month by reaching a total of more than 2.5 million deliveries to customers since its relaunch under the BMW Group in 2001. Worldwide sales for MINI were slightly down last month with 26,955 cars delivered (prev. yr 27,533/-2.1%). Year-to-date, MINI worldwide sales are at around last year’s level with 117,694 units sold in the first five months (119,538/-1.5%).
In Asia a total of 46,838 vehicles were delivered (prev. yr. 41,289/+13.4%). Healthy gains were reported in Japan (4,810/+16.2%) and South Korea (3,340/+11.3%). Mainland China accounted for 31,938 deliveries, an increase of 14.8% over the same month last year (prev. yr. 27,815). Year-to-date, 148,319 BMW and MINI vehicles have been sold in Mainland China (prev. yr. 135,026/+9.8%).
Gains were solid across America with 38,771 vehicles delivered in May (prev. yr. 35,127/+10.4%). The U.S. contributed to this growth with 31,174 deliveries, an increase of +10.1% over the same month last year (prev. yr. 28,321). A total of 139,142 BMW and MINI vehicles have been sold in the U.S. since the beginning of the year (prev. yr. 130,843/ +6.3%)
In Europe, sales remained at the previous year’s level in May with 74,918 units sold (prev. yr. 75,371/-0.6%). Russia continued to experience robust growth with sales increasing 19.9% to 3,891 units (prev. yr. 3,244). Year to date, BMW Group sales in Europe have climbed 2.2% to a total of 352,013 vehicles (prev. yr. 344,395).
BMW Group sales in/up to May 2013 at a glance
|In May 2013||Comp to previous year||Up to/incl. May 2013||Comp to previous year|
|BMW Group Automobiles||166,397||+6.0%||770,025||+5.8%|
*Rolls Royce sales are reported quarterly.