BMW says unit sales grew 10.8 percent in May
German luxury car maker BMW said on Wednesday that its unit sales rose by 10.8 percent last month from the May 2009 level, preserving its place as the world's leading premium auto manufacturer.
A BMW statement said the group sold a total of 120,843 automobiles, of which 101,775 were BMW-brand cars.
Group deliveries through May rose by 13.3 percent to 552,864 vehicles.
"The sales trend remains positive -- we reported healthy double-digit growth once again in May," sales director Ian Robertson was quoted as saying.
BMW's main rival, Daimler, said on Monday that it had sold 101,400 cars in May, for the most part Mercedes-Benz models, meaning that BMW remained the leader in the luxury car segment.
Robertson put the results down to the launch of several new models, such as a new BMW 5 series and the X1 compact sports utility vehicle.
The luxury 7 series turned in a strong performance as well, with an increase of 33.6 percent from the previous year to 4,501 models.
In terms of markets, the strongest growth was seen in China, where sales by BMW and its Mini brand gained a whopping 107.3 percent to 13,998 vehicles, the group said.
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