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BMW has record sales spurred by Greer manufactured X3, X5

X4 will join the lineup when $900 million expansion completed

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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X3 sales grew 2.7 percent, up to 36,189 units sold from last year's 35,249.

X3 sales grew 2.7 percent, up to 36,189 units sold from last year's 35,249.



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X5 mirrored the X3 growth percentage increasing units sold to 27,254 compared to last year's 35,249.

X5 mirrored the X3 growth percentage increasing units sold to 27,254 compared to last year's 35,249.



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BMW introduced the X4 Concept last week, ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show later this month.

BMW introduced the X4 Concept last week, ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show later this month.

BMW Group reported it sold more vehicles in March than in any other month in its history.

The company sold a total of 191,269 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles in the past month, exceeding the previous all-time high in March last year (185,741 units/+3.0 percent). The company also achieved a new high for the first three months: Retail volumes for the year to the end of March increased by 5.3 percent to 448,200 units (prev. yr. 425,543 units).

The Greer-produced X3, 36,189 (prev. yr. 35,249/+2.7 percent), and the X5, 27,274 (prev. yr. 26,563/+2.7 percent) fueled the company’s record March and first quarter sales.

With worldwide sales of 159,195 vehicles (prev. yr.: 153,016/+4.0 percent) in March, more BMW brand vehicles were sold in a single month than ever before. Sales for the year to the end of March reached a record 381,404 vehicles (prev. yr. 356,562), an increase of 7.0 percent over the first three months of last year.

The X1 led the company’s sales gains in the first quarter 27.6 percent to 37,680 vehicles (prev. yr. 29,535). The BMW 3 Series had 109,279 sold (prev. yr. 91,138/+19.9 percent).

The biggest market gains in the first quarter were in the U.S. and China. In the U.S., a record 78,957 vehicles were sold, an increase of 4.3 percent over the same period in 2012 (75,729).

A record 86,070 vehicles were sold to customers in China, an increase of 7.6 percent compared with the same period last year (prev. yr. 80,014).

Germany, BMW’s home market, reported a 3.8 percent decline in sales, 63,675 sold (prev. yr. 66,214) in the first quarter.

BMW introduced its X4 Concept in a press release last Thursday in advance of its Auto Shanghai 2013 later this month. The X4 will join the family of the X5, X3 and X6, all manufactured in Greer.

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