The BMW group has retained its title as the world’s leading premium car maker by selling a record 1,963,789 cars last year.
The figure represents a 6.4 per cent rise over the 1,845,186 units sold in 2012 and compares well with Audi’s 1.605m sales and Mercedes-Benz’s 1.461m. Meanwhile, profits were up by 4.5 per cent year on year to £4.46bn after tax.
Mini fared reasonably well considering that the hatchback was in its run-out year, with sales of the three-door down by just 2.3 per cent. Sales of the Countryman — which accounts for a third of Minis sold — fell fractionally, but a strong showing by the Paceman, which sold 15,000 units last year, ensured Mini’s positive growth.
BMW itself was in a stronger position. The 3-series family is still the company’s biggest seller, with sales up by 30 per cent. Strong demand for the saloon and Touring models was the main driving force, in addition to nearly 23,000 sales of the new Gran Turismo hatchback. Sales of the three-model 6-series range were also up significantly, although this was entirely due to the four-door Gran Coupé, whose sales of 15,913 units means it outsells the 6-series coupé and convertible combined.