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BMW Group Reports 11 Percent Increase in First Quarter 2006 Sales

BMW Brand Sales Jump 14 Percent Year-To-Date

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., April 3 -- The BMW Group (BMW and MINI brands combined) reported year-to-date sales of 72,588 vehicles, an 11 percent increase over the 65,536 sold in the first quarter of 2005. The BMW Group also reported an increase of 17 percent in March sales, for 28,352 vehicles over the 24,276 vehicles reported in March 2005.

BMW Brand Reports Sales

Year-to-date, sales of BMW brand vehicles were up 14 percent, as the company reported sales of 63,103 vehicles compared to 55,352 vehicles sold in first quarter of 2005.

March sales jumped 22 percent for a total of 24,501 vehicles compared to 20,149 reported last March.

BMW Automobile Sales

BMW's automobile sales rose 31 percent in March, to 18,966 versus 14,475 in the same month a year ago. First quarter sales were up 23 percent, to 49,884 automobiles compared to 40,427 in the first three months of 2005.

BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Sales

March sales of BMW Sports Activity Vehicles are off slightly, down 2 percent to 5,535 vehicles over the 5,674 sold last March. Year-to-date, sales of BMW Sports Activity Vehicles are down 11 percent, to 13,219 vehicles compared to the 14,925 sold in the first three months of 2005.

Certified Pre-Owned

BMW experienced its strongest month ever for Certified Pre-Owned BMW sales. The company reported sales of 8,137 CPO sales in March 2006, almost 1,400 vehicles higher than the previous record set in April 2005, and an increase of 24 percent over March 2005. Year-to-date, CPO sales were up 20 percent, to 20,262 over the 16,878 reported in the same period in 2005.

MINI Brand

MINI Automobiles

MINI USA reported March sales of 3,851 automobiles, down 7 percent from the 4,127 cars sold in March 2005. Year-to-date, the division reported sales of 9,485 automobiles, 7 percent less than the 10,184 cars reported in the first quarter of 2005.

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 339 BMW passenger car centers, 334 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 143 BMW motorcycle retailers, 80 MINI passenger car dealers, and 30 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.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at:

http://www.bmwgroupna.com/

http://www.bmwusa.com/

http://www.bmwmotorradusa.com/

http://www.miniusa.com/

http://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/

                  BMW Car Sales Report for March 2006

                                                      2006    2005

  March                                             18,966  14,475
  Year-to-Date                                      49,884  40,427

  Model                                             Year-to-        Year-to-
                                      March           Date   March    Date
                                      2006            2006    2005    2005

  325i (E90 & E46)                   4,181          12,026   2,704   9,105
  325Ci                                346             858     396   1,035
  325Ci convertible                    454           1,018     673   1,499
  325i sports wagon                      0               4      64     231
  325xi (E90 & E46)                  1,355           4,296     552   2,106
  325xi sports wagon (E90 & E46)       232             611      68     275
  330i (E90 & E46)                   1,526           3,999     965   2,638
  330Ci                                202             532     240     710
  330Ci convertible                    481           1,108     556   1,207
  330xi (E90 & E46)                    894           2,430     735   1,580
  M3                                   273             562     402     929
  M3 convertible                       149             335     200     454
    3 Series                        10,093          27,779   7,555  21,769
  Z4 2.5i Roadster  (US)                36             180     616   1,264
  Z4 3.0i Roadster (US)                372             491     375     645
  Z4 Roadster 3.0si (US)               167             184       0       0
  Z4 M Roadster (US)                   145             145       0       0
  Z4                                   720           1,000     991   1,909
  525i (E60)                         1,355           3,167   1,500   4,239
  525xi (E60)                          495           1,655       0       0
  530i (E60)                         1,283           3,086   1,617   4,582
  530xi (E60)                          794           2,433       0       0
  530xi sports wagon (E60)             261             812       0       0
  545i (E60)                             0               6     830   2,196
  550i (E60)                           702           1,698       0       0
  M5 (E60 & E39)                       375           1,242       0       2
  5 Series                           5,265          14,099   3,947  11,019
  645Ci                                  0              21     323     887
  650i coupe                           288             714       0       0
  645Ci convertible                      0              16     548   1,412
  650i convertible                     629           1,390       0       0
  6 Series                             917           2,141     871   2,299
  745i                                   0               0     405   1,147
  745Li                                  0               0     668   2,162
  750i                                 489           1,079       0       0
  750Li                              1,439           3,671       0       0
  760i                                   7              17      18      34
  760Li                                 35              97      19      83
  7 Series                           1,970           4,864   1,110   3,426
  Z8                                     1               1       0       2
  Z8 Alpina                              0               0       1       3
  Z8                                     1               1       1       5

  BMW Sports Activity Vehicle (light trucks) Sales Report for March 2006

                                                        2006    2005

  March                                                5,535   5,674
  Year-to-Date                                        13,219  14,925

  Model                                              Year-to-          Year-
                                         March         Date   March  to-Date
                                         2006           2006   2005    2005

  X3 2.5i                                  30            128    609   1,443
  X3 3.0i                               3,043          5,915  2,396   5,692
  X3                                    3,073          6,043  3,005   7,135
  X5 3.0i (US)                          1,811          5,380  1,904   5,541
  X5 4.4i (US)                            554          1,519    661   1,955
  X5 4.8is (US)                            97            277    104     294
  X5                                    2,462          7,176  2,669   7,790

                     MINI Sales Report for March 2006

                                                       2006    2005

  March                                               3,851   4,127
  Year-to-Date                                        9,485  10,184

  Model                                               Year-         Year-to-
                                        March        to-Date  March  Date
                                        2006           2006   2005   2005

  MINI Cooper                            926          2,781  1,246   3,239
  MINI Cooper S                        1,942          4,298  1,657   3,923
  MINI Cooper Convertible                258            752    639   1,619
  MINI Cooper S Convertible              725          1,654    585   1,403

  Total MINI                           3,851          9,485  4,127  10,184

Link: http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2006/04/03/002882.html

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