BMW have revealed deliveries in the third quarter have beaten its forecasts as the new BMW X1 SUV and revamped 5-series saloon won the German manufacturer new customers.
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said sales of BMW, Mini, Rolls-Royce cars and SUVs rose around 16% in September to cap a “very good” three-month period.
Group deliveries in September 2009 totalled 122,354 units while sales increased 9.1% in July 2010 and 13% in August.
Reithofer declined to comment on financial expectations for the third quarter, saying he hasn’t seen internal figures yet.
BMW has set a target of selling 2 million cars and SUVs by 2020, and is planning on 10% growth in deliveries in 2010 to 1.4 million units.
The car maker, which is also developing a new front-wheel-drive model, will overhaul the 1-series and 3-series models in the next two years, providing momentum for sales independent of economic developments, Reithofer said at the Paris motor show.
The front-wheel-drive technology will be installed in BMW-brand models and will also be used in the Mini model line-up, Reithofer went on.
Sales volumes for the vehicles could total 700,000 to 1 million vehicles a year, he said whilst also revealing that BMW won’t be in need of a partner for the front-wheel-drive platform because it can generate economies of scale on its own.