BMW’s U.S. sales decreased 13.7 percent in July


BMW’s U.S. business took a dip in July despite increases in sales of two models –the X4 and X5. Both are made in the Upstate.

BMW of North America reported Tuesday its sales decreased 13.7 percent during the month to 26,363 vehicles, compared with 30,551 during the some month of 2016.

For the year, the German automaker’s sales in this country are down 5.5 percent to 197,654 vehicles, compared with 209,131 during the same seven-month period of the previous year.

“Sedans made something of a comeback in July even as the dog days and summer vacations had their effect on the pace of business,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO of BMW of North America, in a statement. “The new BMW 5 Series continues gaining as availability improves. The highly popular BMW X3 is now undergoing model changeover, and we are looking forward to the market launch of the all-new model later this year.”

Sales of the four X-model vehicles produced at the company’s assembly plant in Spartanburg County, including the X3, X4, X5, and X6, increased 3 percent in July to 6,341 vehicles, up from 6,156 during the same month of the prior year.

Locally produced models, also known as the company’s light trucks division, have experienced a nearly 11 percent increase in sales since the start of the year to 60,249 vehicles, compared with 54,338 during the same period of 2016.

X3 sales dropped less than 1 percent in July to 2,657 units, compared with 2,678 during the same month of the past year. For the year, X3 sales are up 20 percent to 27,007 units, compared with 22,506 during the same span of the previous year.

Sales of the X4 increased 2.1 percent during the month to 336 units, compared with 329 during the same month of 2016. Year-to-date, X4 sales have decreased almost 16 percent to 2,482 units, compared with 2,944 during the same period of the prior year.

X5 sales jumped nearly 9 percent in July to 2,986 units, compared with 2,744 during the same month of the previous year. Sales of the X5 are also up nearly 9 percent for the year to 27,145 units, compared with 24,948 during the same period of 2016.

Sales of the X6 fell more than 10 percent in July to 362 units, compared with 405 during the same month a year ago. X6 sales have declined more than 8 percent since the beginning of 2017 to 3,615 units, compared with 3,940 during the same span of 2016.

The company said sales of its MINI brand vehicles decreased 7.9 percent and 11.1 percent for July and the first seven months of the year, respectively.

Sales of its brand vehicles decreased nearly 15 percent in July and almost 5 percent for the year.

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