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BMW, Mini brand U.S. sales down in May

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Sales of BMW and Mini vehicles were down in the U.S. 11% and 11.6% respectively during the month of May, according to the BMW Group.

For the month, BMW brand sales were at 25,818 in the U.S., down from the 29,017 sold in May 2016. According to the company, year-to-date BMW brand sales are down 3.6% in the U.S. with sales of 120,124 vehicles in 2017.

Sales of the Spartanburg-produced X3, however, were up 21.7% during May with 4,011 of the sport-utility vehicles sold. The 5 Series saw an increase of 12.7% in sales while sales of the X1 increased 12.6% during the month.

“Our all-new BMW 5 Series is now showing its strength as availability increases and production begins to match demand,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO, BMW of North America, in a news release. “At the same time, demand for BMW Sports Activity Vehicles remains solid with the X1 and the X3 delivering the standout numbers for May.”

Mini brand sales in the U.S. dropped off 11.6% in May with 4,060 vehicles sold in the month compared to 4,595 sold in May 2016. From January to May, Mini brand sales in the U.S. are down 12.1% year-over-year with 17,792 vehicles sold this year.

Total BMW Group sales — including BMW and Mini — were down 11.1% in the U.S. during the month of May with 29,878 sold. Year-to-date, the group reported 137,916 vehicles sold in the U.S. — a drop of 4.8% from the same period a year ago.

Pre-owned vehicle sales for certified BMW brand vehicles set a record in May with 12,698 sold, an 18.9% increase over May 2016. Total BMW preowned sales are 24.2% higher in the first five months of 2017 compared to last year.

Total Mini pre-owned sales year-to-date in the U.S. are up 15.7% over 2016. That is despite a 1.8% drop in Mini certified preowned sales in May.

BMW Group new vehicle sales in the U.S.

 

May 2017

May 2016

Change

YTD 2017

YTD 2016

Change

BMW brand

25,818

29,017

-11%

120,124

124,581

-3.6%

BMW  passenger cars

16,756

20,267

-17.3%

75,549

85,295

-11.4%

BMW light trucks

9,062

8,750

+3.6%

44,575

39,286

+13.5%

Mini brand

4,060

4,595

-11.6%

17,792

20,230

-12.1%

Total

29,878

33,612

-11.1%

137,916

144,811

-4.8%

Source: BMW of North America LLC.

Reach Matthew Clark at 864-720-1222.

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