BMW Group Shatters All Past Annual Sales Records in 2004

BMW brand records best month ever

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Jan. 4 -- The BMW Group (BMW and MINI brands combined) reported robust sales for 2004, breaking past annual sales records for both brands, to record a total of 296,111 vehicles, an increase of 7 percent over the 276,869 in 2003. The Group also reported record December sales of 29,292 vehicles, up 18 percent over the 24,915 vehicles sold in the same month in 2003, for an all-time monthly sales record.

BMW Brand Sales

BMW reported sales of 25,482 automobiles and Sports Activity Vehicles, up 22 percent compared to the 20,910 vehicles reported the same month last year, making it the best month ever in retail sales history.

Annual sales of BMW brand vehicles were up 8 percent, to 260,079 vehicles compared to 240,859 vehicles sold last year.

BMW Automobile Sales

BMW's monthly automobile sales were up 17 percent, to 18,762 versus 16,054 in December 2003. Year-to-date, sales were down 5 percent, to 190,250 automobiles compared to 200,144 sold in the same period in 2003.

BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Sales

Sales of BMW's Sports Activity Vehicles increased 38 percent in December, with sales of 6,720 vehicles compared to 4,856 vehicles sold in the final month of 2003. Year-to-date, sales of BMW's SAV models were up 72 percent, to 69,829 vehicles compared to 40,715 for 2003.

Certified Pre-owned

BMW also reported monthly sales of 6,083 Certified Pre-owned vehicles up 10 percent compared to 5,526 vehicles in December 2003. Annual BMW CPO sales were up 8 percent, to 71,112 vehicles compared to the 65,693 sold last calendar year.

  MINI Brand
  MINI Automobiles

MINI USA reported its strongest year to date, with sales of 36,032, compared to the 36,010 sold in 2003. For the month of December, MINI sales were down 5 percent, to 3,810 automobiles versus 4,005 sold a year ago.

BMW Group in America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand, the MINI brand, and the ROLLS-ROYCE brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, an industrial design firm in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all Z4 Roadster and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 340 BMW passenger car centers, 327 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 148 BMW motorcycle retailers, 76 MINI passenger car dealers, and 25 ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North, Central and South America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at:

   http://www.bmwusa.com/
   http://www.bmwmotorradusa.com/
   http://www.miniusa.com/
   http://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/

   BMW Car Sales Report for December 2004
   
   2004              2003
   
   December                                         18,762            16,054
   Year-to-Date                                    190,250           200,144
   
   Model                            December  Year-to-   December  Year-to-
   2004   Date 2004   2003   Date 2003
   325i                               4,592    41,538    2,523    43,693
   325Ci                                606     7,603      659     7,623
   325Ci Convertible                    663     7,488      690     7,433
   325i Sports Wagon                     97     1,423      124     2,068
   325xi                              1,244    12,805    1,398    12,737
   325xi Sports Wagon                   150     1,422      113     1,884
   330i                                 739     8,288      557     9,422
   330Ci                                600     5,658      327     5,890
   330Ci Convertible                    571     6,378      591     7,183
   330xi                                564     6,012      411     5,955
   M3                                   337     4,612      460     4,687
   M3 Convertible                       406     3,322      273     3,369
   3 Series                        10,569   106,549    8,126   111,944
   Z3 2.5 roadster (US)                   0         0        4       109
   Z3 3.0 roadster (US)                   0         0        1        24
   Z3 3.0 Coupe (US)                      0         0        1         6
   Z4 2.5i roadster (US)                367     7,976    1,100    11,899
   Z4 3.0i roadster (US)                170     5,678    1,014     8,270
   M roadster (US)                        0         0        0        14
   M Coupe (US)                           0         0        0         2
   Z3 and Z4                            537    13,654    2,120    20,324
   525i (E39)                             0         0       34    14,114
   525i Sports Wagon (E39)                0        19       18     1,187
   525i (E60)                         1,873    16,421    1,483     3,134
   530i (E39)                             0         0       19    14,781
   530i (E60)                         2,217    20,329    2,069     6,947
   540i Sports Wagon (E39)                0         2        2       261
   540i (E39)                             0         0        7     3,639
   545i (E60)                         1,026     8,749      573     1,454
   M5 (E39)                               0        64       20     1,447
   5 Series                           5,116    45,584    4,225    46,964
   645Ci                                387     3,559        0         0
   645Ci Convertible                    575     4,639        0         0
   6 Series                             962     8,198        0         0
   745i                                 449     5,225      520     6,634
   745Li                              1,070    10,427      974    13,117
   760i                                  15        61        0         0
   760Li                                 42       442       69       722
   7 Series                           1,576    16,155    1,563    20,473
   Z8                                     0         7        0       175
   Z8 Alpina                              2       103       20       264
   Z8                                     2       110       20       439

   BMW Sports Activity Vehicle (light trucks) Sales Report for December 2004
   
   2004              2003
   
   December                                         6,720             4,856
   Year-to-Date                                    69,829            40,715
   
   Model                            December  Year-to-   December  Year-to-
   2004   Date 2004   2003   Date 2003
   
   X3 2.5i                              610    19,450        0         0
   X3 3.0i                            1,513    15,154        0         0
   X3                                 2,123    34,604        0         0
   X5 3.0i (US)                       3,080    24,902    3,878    30,214
   X5 4.4i (US)                       1,331     9,156      958     9,383
   X5 4.6is (US)                          0        23       20     1,118
   X5 4.8is (US)                        186     1,144        0         0
   X5                                 4,597    35,225    4,856    40,715

   MINI Sales Report for December 2004
   
   2004              2003
   
   December                                         3,810             4,005
   Year-to-Date                                    36,032            36,010
   
   Model                            December  Year-to-   December  Year-to-
   2004   Date 2004   2003   Date 2003
   
   MINI Cooper                        1,061    16,250    1,969    19,592
   MINI Cooper S                      1,189    15,145    2,036    16,418
   Cooper Convertible                   854     2,522        0         0
   Cooper S Convertible                 706     2,115        0         0
   
   Total MINI                         3,810    36,032    4,005    36,010
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