BMW India Sells 8,236 Vehicles And SUVs, Up 35%

Despite the fact that BMW’s automobile sales were down from 2017, their two-wheeler brand, BMW Motorrad, outperformed the industry with the best-ever sales of 5,191 units.

In January-December 2021, BMW Group India sold 8,876 cars (including BMW 8,236 units and Mini 640 units), representing a 34 percent year-on-year (YoY) increase. According to the firm, this is the “biggest growth it has seen in a decade.” However, the figures were lower than what the manufacturer had achieved in recent years. BMW Motorrad, a two-wheeler manufacturer, defied the trend and increased its sales to 5,191 units in 2021.

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  • BMW India sold 8,236 units, while Mini India sold 640 cars in 2021 
  • With 5,191 units sold, BMW Motorrad saw a 103 percent annual growth
  • BMW car sales still lower than 2017 numbers

BMW’s automobile sales are on the rise

After a disappointing 2020, BMW India had a 35 percent increase in sales last year, with 8,236 vehicles sold. Despite the improvement, 2021 sales were lower than even 2017 figures due to the pandemic’s continuing impact and the semiconductor issue. In 2017, BMW sold 9,379 automobiles (+25 percent YoY), 10,405 units (+11 percent YoY), and 9,000 cars (-14 percent YoY) in 2018.

BMW India Sells 8,236 Vehicles And SUVs, Up 35%
BMW India Sells 8,236 Vehicles And SUVs, Up 35%

A similar trend was documented by Mini India. It sold 421 automobiles (+17 percent YoY) in 2017, 700 cars (+66 percent YoY) in 2018, and 641 cars (-8% YoY) in 2019. COVID-induced lockdowns reduced sales by 20% in 2020 (to 512 vehicles), although they rebounded by 25% last year (to 640 units). Mini was unable to beat its 2018 record in 2021, which is expected to be another challenging year.

Greater flexibility and farsighted planning in business processes ensured that we overcome uncertain market scenarios and grew our market share,” stated Vikram Pawah, president, BMW Group India.

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YearBMW (in units)Mini (in units)BMW Group (combined) (in units)
20167,5003617,861 (+14%)
20179,379 (+25%)421 (+17%)9,800 (+25%)
201810,405 (+11%)700 (+66%)11,105 (+13%)
20199,000 (-14%)641 (-8%)9,641 (-13%)
20206,092 (-32%)512 (-20%)6,604 (-32%)
20218,236 (+35%)640 (+25%)8,876 (+34%)

In 2021, popular BMW and Mini vehicles will be available

In 2021, locally built SUVs such as the X1, X3, and X5 accounted for 40% of BMW India’s sales. The 3 Series and 5 Series remained “strong contributors” in the sedan sector, according to the firm, without disclosing the figures.

BMW introduced new vehicles in our market in 2021, including the 3 Series M340i xDrive, 3 Series Gran Limousine, 5 Series facelift, 6 Series GT facelift, and M5 Competition facelift. Last year, it even made a step into the luxury EV market with the BMW iX. It also reshuffled a number of model variant lineups and introduced special edition trims for the 2 Series Gran Coupe, 3 Series Gran Limousine, X1 and X7 M50d.

BMW India Sells 8,236 Vehicles And SUVs, Up 35%
BMW India Sells 8,236 Vehicles And SUVs, Up 35%

According to Mini, one out of every two automobiles sold in India last year was a locally manufactured Countryman. The Mini Hatch and Convertible models each accounted for 18% of total sales.

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In India, BMW Motorrad has had its finest year ever

Last year, BMW Motorrad, which made its debut in India in 2017, achieved its best-ever sales. It sold 5,191 copies in 2021, more than double its previous year’s total. This is the “biggest ever sale by a luxury motorbike manufacturer” in the country, according to the firm. The BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS were the most popular models, accounting for over 90% of BMW Motorrad’s sales. Other models, such as the BMW S 1000 RR, BMW R 1250 GS / GSA, BMW F 900 R / XR, BMW R 18, and the BMW C 400 GT scooter, were also popular, according to BMW.

YearBMW Motorrad (in units)
20192,403 (+10%)
20202,563 (+7%)
20215,191 (+103%)

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