BMW’s US sales fall in 2017 despite strong December

Sales of BMW’s light trucks division produced exclusively at its plant in Spartanburg County, which includes the X3, X4, X5, and X6, increased 2.1 percent in December.

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Germany-based luxury automaker BMW’s U.S. business improved in December but fell 3.4 percent in 2017 despite sales growth of some of its X models produced in the Upstate.

BMW of North America LLC reported Wednesday, Jan. 3, it sold 38,864 vehicles during the month, a 3.7 percent increase compared with 37,493 during the same month of 2016.

For the year, the company said it sold 352,790 vehicles, down from 365,204 during the prior year.

“Momentum has been building throughout 2017 and the December results have put us in a strong position for the New Year,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO of BMW of North America, in a statement. “Our BMW models are attracting entirely new customers to our dealerships, especially the BMW 5 Series, X models, and our electrified vehicles. There’s much more to come in 2018 with the next new model — the BMW X2 — premiering at the Detroit Auto Show in less than two weeks.”

Sales of BMW’s light trucks division produced exclusively at its plant in Spartanburg County, which includes the X3, X4, X5, and X6, increased 2.1 percent in December to 12,673 vehicles, compared with 12,416 during the same month a year ago.

The division’s sales for the year decreased four-tenths of a percent to 103,484 vehicles, compared with 103,943 in 2016.

X3 sales fell 14 percent during the month to 4,283 units, compared with 4,978 during the previous December. Sales of the X3 decreased almost 8 percent for the year to 40,691 units, compared with 44,196 in 2016.

BMW said it sold 538 X4s in December, a nearly 35 percent increase compared with 399 during the same month of 2016. Year-to-date, the company said it sold 5,198 X4 units, a more than 4 percent increase compared with 4,989 during the previous year.

X5 sales increased almost 10 percent during the month to 6,847 units, compared with 6,245 during the previous December. Sales of the X5 for the year increased almost 7 percent to 50,815 units, compared with 47,641 in 2016.

Sales of the X6 increased almost 27 percent during the month to 1,005 units, compared with 794 during December 2016. For the year, X6 sales were down almost 5 percent to 6,780 units, compared with 7,117 during the prior year.

The company said its brand sales increased 4.3 percent in December, but fell 2.4 percent for the year.

Its MINI brand sales for the month and year decreased 1 percent and 9.5 percent, respectively.

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