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BMW Group U.S. sales up in March

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March BMW brand sales in the United States experienced a 3.3% increase compared to March 2016, according to the BMW Group.

U.S. sales were 31,015 during March 2017, up from the 30,333 sold in March 2016.

The BMW Group said U.S. sales of BMW brand vehicles were at 71,682, a 1.5% increase over the 70,613 reported in the first three months of 2016.

The BMW X3 model, which is produced at the company‚Äôs Spartanburg plant, experienced a 42.9% increase in sales in the United States during the month of March. (Photo/Provided)Sales of the South Carolina-produced X3 and X5 models were up 42.9% and 35.4%, respectively. Sales of BMW light trucks — including the X models — were up 30.8% in March 2017 and year-to-date up 20.1%.

“With the arrival of spring, thoughts naturally turn to new cars and March gave us a nice boost as our sports activity vehicles, the X3 and X5 in particular, continue to drive the growing demand,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO, BMW of North America, in a news release.

Group sales — including BMW and Mini brands — were reported up 3.5% over the same month a year ago on 36,002 vehicles sold. Year-to-date, group sales are up 0.6% on sales of 81,933 vehicles in the first three months of 2017 compared to 81,452 in the same period in 2016.

For the first time this year, Mini brand sales experienced an increase in the U.S. The company reported March 2017 sales of 4,987 vehicles sold, a 4.7% increase over March 2016. For the first three months of 2017, Mini USA reported a total of 10,251 automobiles sold, a decrease of 5.4% from 10,839 automobiles sold in the first three months of 2016.

Sales BMW certified preowned vehicles were 24.2% higher than March 2016 and total BMW preowned sales were up 34.3% from March 2016 and the same percentage year-to-date compared to the same period a year ago.

Mini certified pre-owned sales were down 3% in March, but total preowned sales were up 21.1% for the month and 15.8% year-to-date.

BMW Group sales in the U.S. March 2017

 

March 2017

March 2016

Change

YTD 2017

YTD 2016

Change

BMW brand

31,015

30,033

+3.3%

71,682

70,613

+1.5%

BMW passenger cars

18,699

20,616

-9.3%

43,625

47,242

-7.7%

BMW light trucks

12,316

9,417

+30.8%

28,057

23,371

+20.1%

Mini brand

4,987

4,762

+4.7%

10,251

10,839

-5.4%

Total for Group

36,002

34,795

+3.5%

81,933

81,452

+0.6%

Source: BMW of North America

Reach Matthew Clark at 864-720-1222.

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