Sales of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in the first half of the year totalled 1,475 units (prev. yr. 1,600/ -7.8 percent). Following a relatively flat first quarter, year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2013 (+1 percent) was reported due to good performances in the Middle East, South East Asia and China. This growth, together with the planned market introduction of the new Rolls-Royce Wraith during the fourth quarter this year, reflects the cautious optimism that was expressed by Rolls-Royce at the beginning of the year. The company remains on target for growth in the year 2013.
BMW Motorrad achieved an all-time high in sales for the first six months of the year, with sales climbing 9.7 percent to 64,941 vehicles delivered (prev. yr. 59,189). Strong gains were made in the month of June, with sales surging 22.1 percent to 12,541 vehicles (prev. yr. 10,271).
The BMW Group made gains on nearly all continents in the first six months of the year.
In Asia, the BMW Group delivered 272,100 vehicles in the first six months of 2013 and reported a growth of 14.4% compared to the same period in 2012 (prev. yr. 237,876). Several Asian markets experienced solid growth in the first half year including Japan (30,483/ +10.1 percent) and South Korea (18,412/ +18.3 percent). Mainland China accounted for 182,800 deliveries, an increase of 15.0% over the same period last year (prev. yr. 158,956).
In June, Mainland China reported 34,481 vehicles sold (prev. yr. 23,930/ +44.1 percent). The unusually high growth figure in June is mainly due to base effects resulting from the model changeover in summer 2012 from the BMW 3 Series to the BMW 3 Series Long Wheelbase.
The Americas posted solid gains in the first six months with a total of 213,473 vehicles sold to customers, which reflects an increase of +9.7 percent on the previous year (194,620).
In the U.S., the BMW Group is up 9.0% on sales of 172,787 vehicles in the first six months compared to 158,563 in the same period in 2012. A total of 33,645 vehicles were delivered last month, an increase of +21.4 percent on the same month last year (prev. yr. 27,720). The year-on-year growth was boosted by the availability of more models in 2013, such as the BMW 3 Series with xDrive and the BMW X1.
In Europe, BMW Group sales remained at last year’s level with 436,483 vehicles delivered to customers (prev. yr. 437,092/ -0.1 percent) in the first half of the year.