Total U.S. sales of BMW vehicles dropped 5.7% in August from a year ago, the automaker reported. But sales of South Carolina-made BMW sports activity vehicles were up nearly 19% in August and more than 13% through the first eights months of 2012.
Published Sept. 5, 2012
The BMW Group on Tuesday reported August sales in the United States of 22,553 vehicles, a decline of 5.7% from the same month last year.
BMW sales up for the year
SOURCE: BMW Group
Year-to-date sales remain ahead of 2011 figures.
While total BMW Group sales dropped last month, sales of the sports activity vehicles made in Spartanburg County were up nearly 19% in August and nearly 13% through the first eight months of 2012.
BMW sold 6,916 made-in-South Carolina light trucks in August.
Passenger vehicle sales, meanwhile, were down 33.9% at 9,919 for the month, the company reported.
Year-to-date, BMW Group sales in the U.S. are up 7.6% at 208,268, including Mini-brand sales.
“August numbers showed how tight the supply of new vehicles has been for us but the eagerly awaited new models, the X1 and 3 Series AWD (all-wheel drive) in particular, are arriving and that’s great news for our customers and our dealers,” said Ludwig Willisch, president and CEO of BMW of North America LLC, in a news release. “All indicators show sales momentum increasing and with the model-year change now complete, we have ambitious plans for the months ahead.”