Frankfurt: German luxury car maker BMW said on 9 June that its unit sales rose by 10.8% last month from the May 2009 level, preserving its place as the world’s leading premium auto manufacturer.
A BMW statement said the group sold a total of 120,843 automobiles, of which 101,775 were BMW-brand cars.
Group deliveries through May rose by 13.3% to 552,864 vehicles.
“The sales trend remains positive -- we reported healthy double-digit growth once again in May,” sales director Ian Robertson was quoted.
BMW’s main rival, Daimler, said on 7 June that it had sold 101,400 cars in May, for the most part Mercedes-Benz models, meaning that BMW remained the leader in the luxury car segment.
Robertson put the results down to the launch of several new models, such as a new BMW 5 series and the X1 compact sports utility vehicle.
The luxury 7 series turned in a strong performance as well, with an increase of 33.6% from the previous year to 4,501 models.
In terms of markets, the strongest growth was seen in China, where sales by BMW and its Mini brand gained a whopping 107.3% to 13,998 vehicles, the group said.