BMW Group deliveries higher than ever in July

Munich – 08.12.2015 – Sales of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles totaled 173,195 in July, a new high for the month and an increase of 5.6% compared with the same period last year. A new record was also achieved for the first seven months of the year with a total of 1,272,953 vehicles delivered to customers, an increase of 7.5%.

“Despite the volatility we are seeing on some markets, the BMW Group continues to show steady sales growth around the world,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. “With our outstanding brands, we are seeing strong momentum in Europe and buoyant markets in the NAFTA region and much of Asia, so I remain confident that the positive sales development we have achieved so far this year will continue through the rest of 2015,” he continued.

In July, BMW brand deliveries increased by 5.8% to total 147,513. Sales for the year-to-date climbed 5.2% to 1,079,563.

Sales of the BMW 1 Series were up 5.6% compared with the same month last year – a total of 14,275 customers took delivery of the recently refreshed compact cars. The new BMW 2 Series continues to sell strongly with a total of 14,580 delivered worldwide in July. The BMW X family continues to drive sales growth with deliveries of the BMW X5 totaling 14,938, an increase of 32.7% compared with July last year. A year after it was launched, the BMW X4 was delivered to a total of 4,102 customers in July while 3,648 customers took delivery of a BMW X6, up 71.5% on the same month last year.

A total of 2,221 BMW i vehicles were delivered to customers in July, an increase of 79.4% year-on-year. In the first seven months of the year, 14,784 units were sold around the world.

A total of 25,416 MINIs were delivered to customers around the world in July, an increase of 4.8%. Year-to-date sales climbed 22.5% to total 191,355. Sales of the 3 door MINI grew by 24.0% in the first seven months of the year (73,226) while the new 5 door MINI was delivered to 51,666 customers worldwide in the same period.

In line with its strategy of balanced global sales, deliveries of BMW Group vehicles rose in all regions.

In Asia, deliveries of BMW and MINI vehicles in the year-to-date total 389,015, an increase of 4.1%. Sales in Mainland China for the first seven months of the year are slightly up on last years’ already extremely high level, increasing a further 1.3% to total 265,215. Meanwhile deliveries in Japan climbed 11.7% in the year-to-date (38,603) with sales in South Korea for the same period also seeing a double-digit increase, up 22.2% to total 31,453.

Solid sales growth continues in the Americas, where a total of 281,432 BMW and MINI vehicles have been delivered to customers so far this year, an increase of 8.4%. In the USA, sales in the first seven months of 2015 rose 8.1% with a total of 231,044 vehicles sold. Sales in Canada over the same period rose 13.4% (23,785) while deliveries in Mexico climbed 19.8% (9,557).

Sales in Europe increased 9.7% compared with the first seven months of last year, with 563,670 BMW and MINI vehicles delivered to customers. The region’s biggest growth driver continues to be Great Britain, where sales grew 15.3% in the year-to-date (124,935). France is another market showing sustained growth this year – sales so far in 2015 are up 20.2% to total 44,017. BMW and MINI sales in southern Europe are also showing significant growth with Spain achieving a 17.0% increase (27,152).

BMW Motorrad’s global sales continued to grow in July with a total of 14,168 motorcycles and maxi-scooters delivered to customers (+21.5%). Deliveries for the first seven months total 92,586, an increase of 12.0% compared with the same period last year. Both monthly and year-to-date figures set new sales records for BMW Motorrad.

BMW Group sales in/up to July 2015 at a glance

  In July 2015 Compared with

previous year

Up to/including

July 2015

Compared with

previous year

BMW Group Automobiles 173,195 +5.6% 1,272,953 +7.5%
BMW 147,513 +5.8% 1,079,563 +5.2%
MINI 25,416 +4.8% 191,355 +22.5%
BMW Motorrad 14,168 +21.5% 92,586 +12.0%

After the farewell victory for the BMW Z4 GT3 in Spa: More details of the successor, the BMW M6 GT3, released.

Munich (DE), 5th August 2015. After the BMW Z4 GT3 crowned its final major appearance at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BE) with victory for BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, the anticipation among BMW Motorsport and its customer teams is now rising ahead of the arrival of the BMW M6 GT3. The new car will take over as the manufacturer’s figurehead on the GT racing scene, and will do battle for victory and titles in many racing series around the world. The car features thoroughbred racing technology: the BMW M6 GT3 has incorporated many findings from BMW Motorsport’s works projects – while at the same time ensuring reasonable costs for customers.

Just days after the BMW Z4 GT3’s final grand hurrah in the Belgian region of the Ardennes, new details of the car’s successor have now been released. The BMW M6 GT3 will once again raise the bar in terms of performance, while the running costs are considerably lower than those of its predecessor. Interested customer teams can purchase the car as of 15th September 2015 for a net price of 379,000 Euros. On this day, the BMW M6 GT3 will be presented for the first time in a BMW Motorsport racing design, without camouflage livery, at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main (DE). The price for North American customers will be announced at a later stage.

“Confirmation of the price of the BMW M6 GT3, and the announcement of the official sales launch on 15th September are further important steps on the road to the first race outing next year,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “We remain completely on schedule with the development of our new figurehead on the GT racing scene. The basic work of the past few months is now followed by a period of fine-tuning. After all, our approach is to provide our customers with a competitive car from the word go. Presenting the BMW M6 GT3 in a racing design for the first time at the IAA in Frankfurt will be a special moment.”

When it comes to performance, the BMW M6 GT3 is uncompromising: the 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, which has only been slightly modified compared to the production engine, generates up to 585 hp, depending on the classification. The entire car, including its self-supporting steel chassis, the welded FIA-approved safety cell, the carbon fibre crash structure at the front and carbon fibre reinforced plastic crash element at the rear, weighs less than 1,300 kilograms. The BMW M6 GT3 also sets new benchmarks when it comes to driveability, ergonomics and safety. It already goes beyond the GT3 regulations for 2016.

The BMW M6 GT3 is also the most economic GT sports car that BMW has ever built. For example, the running costs for the power train on the new car will be roughly 30 per cent lower than those of the BMW Z4 GT3. As early as when it was being developed, great importance was placed on ensuring that also the spare parts offer good value for money.

“At the recent tests I was really impressed with the driveability of the BMW M6 GT3,” said Andy Priaulx (GB), one of the BMW works drivers who continuously optimized the car out on the test track. “It’s really a big step forward compared to the BMW Z4 GT3 – and we have recently seen in Spa that this car is already operating at a very high level. The rate of development of the BMW M6 GT3 has been amazing. Most of all, the reliability of the car already looks more than promising. The BMW M6 GT3 has real potential – and I simply cannot wait to race it.”

In the BMW M6 GT3, BMW Motorsport is offering its customers a sophisticated and competitive racing car, which allows both amateur and professional drivers to push their boundaries and be competitive.