BMW, which makes all its four cylinder engines at Hams Hall in Warwickshire, said it expects new models to boost sales in coming months after sales dropped in March.
New models, including a convertible and more versions of its Mini brand, will help the German carmaker increase car sales by a "higher" one-digit percentage amount this year, BMW said in a statement yesterday..
In March, sales at its three brands, BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce, slipped 1.9 per cent from a year earlier to 141,568 cars. Rolls-Royce was the only brand to post an increase in unit sales, of 6.4 per cent to 50 cars during the month.
Meanwhile BMW reported a two per cent decline to 120,077 vehicles and Mini a 1.5 per cent fall to 21,441. Sales of motorbikes rose 28.2 per cent, to 12,466.
BMW said the market launch of new vehicles at the end of the month was responsible for the decline, with delivery of the BMW 3 Series convertible and the reworked models in the BMW 5 Series and BMW 1 Series, for example, starting on March 24.
The increasing availability of the new Mini and the addition of the new Mini Cooper D and the new Mini One to the model range this month will increase sales clearly for MINI too over the next few months, the company added.
The launch of the new Mini Clubman is also planned for this year along with a additional open-top variant, the Phantom Drophead Coupe, which will extend the Rolls-Royce range.