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X5, X6 models help push BMW sales up 13.8 percent worldwide in 1st quarter

Apr 13, 2010 10:24:00 AM - thestate.com
BMW is aiming to sell more than 1.3 million vehicles this year, according to Ian Robertson, the BMW Board of Management member responsible for sales and marketing, and the automaker got off to a good start in the first three months of 2010.

BMW Group increased global sales of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brand automobiles by 12.1 percent in March and 13.8 percent for the first quarter of 2010.

The company sold 315,614 vehicles worldwide, up from 277,264 in the first three months of last year. In March, BMW Group sold 141,701 vehicles, up from 126,381 vehicles.

All three brands made strong gains during the month. Sales of BMW brand vehicles climbed 12.7 percent while Mini sales increased by 9.1 percent and Rolls-Royce sales were up 78.6 percent.

?We are back on our growth track in nearly all the automobile markets,? said Robertson. ?We intend to continue improving on last year?s figures throughout the second quarter ? thanks not least to the new BMW 5 Series sedan and new models such as the 3 Series coupe and convertible.?

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