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Old 12-08-2005, 12:10 PM   #1
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BMW Group (worldwide) Has Already Passed Last Year’s Sales


1.2 million cars delivered up to end of November
Sales growth reaches 9.5% in November

Munich. The BMW Group has announced sales of 1,211,177 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce cars in the period up to the end of November 2005. This marks a rise of 10.8% over the same period last year (1,093,380). This means that in the first eleven months of 2005, more vehicles were sold than in the whole of 2004 (1,208,724). In November 2005, the BMW Group sold 114,044 automobiles. This is a 9.5% increase compared with the same month last year (104,174).

Dr. Michael Ganal, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for sales and marketing said, "We can already predict that we will be the most successful supplier in the premium segment worldwide for 2005 as a whole. We are growing more quickly than the overall market, and we are growing more quickly than our relevant competitors."

For the year up to the end of November 2005, the BMW brand delivered 1,020,156 cars, outstripping last year's level (920,163) by 10.9%. In the month of November, 98,788 BMW vehicles were handed over to customers. Compared with the same month last year (89,459), this is an increase of 10.4%.

BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series and BMW 7 Series remain the market leaders
The main driving force behind the growth is the new BMW 3 Series Sedan.
A good eight months after its market launch in March this year, over 200,000 (202,638) units have been sold. This is around 56,000 units, or 38%, more than sales of its predecessor model during the same period.
This means that this automobile, like its predecessor, is easily the world's market leader amongst mid-range premium sedans.

In the luxury class, this top position has been held year-to-date by the BMW 7 Series. Up to the end of November, 43,478 BMW 7 Series vehicles were sold. Compared with the previous year (41,953), this is an increase of 3.6%. The BMW 7 Series has also passed 200,000 sales since its launch: 202,468 vehicles retailed since November 2001.

The BMW product portfolio has also produced another global market leader: The premium segment of the upper middle class is dominated by the BMW 5 Series. This year, the BMW Group has already sold 205,201 BMW 5 Series
(previous year: 205,315).

Demand for MINI remains high
The MINI continues to be extremely popular in all markets. In the period up to and including November 2005, sales increased further by 10.3% to 190,401 units (previous year: 172,581). In November 2005, the number of deliveries rose by 3.7% to 15,171(previous year: 14,635) MINI One, MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S vehicles.

With 42,595 MINI convertibles sold in the first eleven months of 2005, almost a quarter of all customers (22.4%) went for the "topless version". The product mix remains of the highest quality: 52,119 or 27.4% of customers decided in favor of the basic variant, MINI One, but by far the most buyers chose the MINI Cooper (84,538/44.4%) and the top-of-the-range MINI Cooper S was chosen by 53,744 customers (28.2%).

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars delivered 620 Phantoms for the months up to the end of November (previous year: 636/-2.5%). The figure for November was 85 (previous year: 80/+6.3%).

Motorcycle segment clearly growing in the months to November
Sales of motorcycles in the months up to and including November reached 92,052 units (previous year: 83,921) which is a clear increase once again (+9.7%). In November, 5,521 BMW motorcycles were delivered to customers
(previous year: 5,362/+3.0%).

BMW Group sales in/up to & including November 2005 at a glance -
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