25th May 2006.
BMW Group's ambitious character is not
new. It's ambitious goals aren't either.
The declared target of 1.4 million
vehicles was expected for 2008. It will be met in 2007, on
the way to... 1.6 million vehicles by 2010.
For 2006, expect the results between
next year's target of 1.4 million units and last year's
total of 1,327,992 vehicles (BMW,
Mini and Rolls-Royce brands
combined), which was 9.9% over 2004 sales of 1,208,732
That's how the BMW
Group intends to strengthen and extend its position as the
world’s leading premium manufacturer in the automotive
industry over the years to come.
Chairman of the Board of Management of
BMW AG, Helmut Panke, expected at the Annual General
Meeting in Munich last week to reach a new record in
retail volume as well as a new high in pre-tax profit of
euro 4 billion. “Despite headwinds arising from currency
effects and high raw material prices, 2006 is going to be
the most successful year in our company’s history, also
in operative terms“, stated Panke.
The BMW Group started the new business
year with new records for deliveries and pre-tax earnings
too. On the sales side, automobile
retail of the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce
brands rose in the first quarter by 13.9% to 332,923
vehicles, compared to 292,207 vehicles for the same period
For the first quarter of this year,
deliveries of the BMW brand soared by 18.3% to
283,297 (2005: 239,387) vehicles.
Due to capacity expansion measures at
Plant Oxford, retail of MINI vehicles fell to
49,519 (-6.0%/2005: 52,694) units. In the medium term,
however, capacity expansion will result in an production
output of about 240,000 MINI
vehicles a year.
In the ultra-luxury
segment, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars delivered 107
Phantom automobiles to
customers, 15.1% fewer than in the same quarter last year
If the 2010 target of 1.6 million unit
means anything, it would be almost a... doubling of Group
retail volume over the course of ten years, since 2000.