BMW revs up first-year sales and ramps up its electric charge after resolving pensions dispute with striking workers

Rebecca Smith
BMW Group owns the Mini brand
BMW Group owns the Mini brand (Source: Getty)

It's not been a bad week for BMW.

BMW Group, which owns the Mini, Rolls-Royce and BMW brands, today announced its best June sales figures to date. And that comes shortly after it finally resolved a pensions dispute with striking workers in the UK.

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The German car firm said sales rose 2.1 per cent year-on-year to 232,620, and that it had recorded a fresh high for first half-year sales too. Its three premium brands recorded a rise of five per cent in sales.

However, the company did post a chunky dip in German sales, down 16.5 per cent.

BMW said it remained "well on track" to achieve its target of selling 100,000 electric vehicles this year, after the arrival of the Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4, the group's ninth electric vehicle to date. Sales of electric vehicles rose 79.8 per cent on the same period last year, with first-half production hitting 51,725 electrified vehicles.

Dr Ian Robertson, BMW board member, said:

We’ve already sold more than a million BMW vehicles this year, which is a new first-half year record. June also saw our successful electrification strategy expand still further to include the Mini brand, meaning customers can now choose from nine electrified BMW Group vehicles.

With sales of these models up by 80 per cent compared with the first half of last year, we’re looking forward to celebrating delivery of the 200,000th electrified BMW Group vehicle later this year.

On Monday, the car giant reached a resolution with UK workers over a bitter pensions dispute that had sparked a spate of industrial action.

Unite union said over 80 per cent of staff had voted to accept a revised offer over the closure of their final salary pension scheme. Staff across Cowley, Goodwood, Swindon and Hams Hall had previously walked out over planned changes.

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