BMW and Audi sales hit record for May on demand from China

City A.M. Reporter
BMW increased sales last month by 6.4 per cent to 156,957 vehicles, a new record for the month of May, the company said yesterday.

Results were once again lifted by a surge in demand from mainland China, the group’s largest market, where sales jumped by nearly a third.

“New products such as the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé, which we launched on the 1st of June, as well as the new BMW 7 Series, will continue to drive momentum,” said BMW brand sales chief Ian Robertson in a statement.

“We are well on our way to achieving a new all-time high for sales in the year 2012.”

Meanwhile Volkswagen’s luxury division Audi said sales last month rose by 13.7 per cent to 128,900 cars and SUVs, a new record for May.

Audi said it now aims to raise full-year deliveries to 1.4m cars, up from 1.3m in 2011, “exceed[ing] our expectations in all regions”.