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BMW Group In the U.S. Reports Best Month Ever for BMW Brand
Thursday September 1, 2:27 pm ET 
BMW Group Sales up 18 Percent for August; Year-to-Date Sales Rise 4.3 Percent

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI brands combined) reported impressive August sales of 28,879, an increase of 18 percent over the 24,501 vehicles sold the same month last year, for its second best month ever. The BMW Group also reported year-to-date sales of 200,562 vehicles, up 4 percent over the 192,233 vehicles sold in the first eight months of 2004.

BMW Brand

BMW reported its best sales month ever, with 25,537 vehicles sold, an increase of 15 percent over the 22,167 sold in August 2004. Previously, the best month for the BMW brand was December 2004, when sales of 25,482 BMWs were reported.

Year-to-date, BMW brand sales were up 1.2 percent, to 171,579 compared to 169,480 in the same period last year.

"Strong sales across all models, including BMW's new 3 Series and 7 Series automobiles, contributed to this record-breaking month for the BMW brand," according to Tom Purves, chairman and CEO of BMW (US) Holding Corp.

BMW Automobile Sales

August sales of BMW automobiles were up 13 percent, to 17,254 cars, compared to 15,305 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, sales in this category were down 2 percent, to 124,406 automobiles compared to 126,885 in the same period a year ago.

BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Sales

SAV sales were up 21 percent for the month to 8,283 vehicles, compared to 6,862 vehicles sold in August 2004. Year-to-date, sales of BMW's two SAV models are up 11 percent, to 47,173 vehicles compared to 42,595 in the same period of 2004.

Certified Pre-owned

BMW also reported its best August ever for sales of Certified Pre-owned BMWs. Monthly sales of Certified Pre-owned vehicles were 6,470, up 15 percent over the 5,637 vehicles sold in the same month last year. Year-to-date, BMW CPO sales were up 3.3 percent, to 49,620 vehicles over 48,042 for the same period a year ago.

MINI Brand

MINI Automobiles

MINI USA continued to experience strong demand, with August sales up 43 percent, to 3,342 cars versus the 2,334 sold in that month in 2004. The division reported sales of 28,983 cars year-to-date, up 27 percent compared to 22,753 sold in first eight months of 2004.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand, the MINI brand, and the ROLLS-ROYCE brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, an industrial design firm in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all Z4 Roadster and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 340 BMW passenger car centers, 327 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 148 BMW motorcycle retailers, 80 MINI passenger car dealers, and 25 ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North, Central and South America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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