BMW sales rise 7.9pc while Volkswagen sales dip 4.7pc in February
BMW said 163,965 BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles were delivered to customers in February, an increase of 7.9 percent on the same month last year.
Sales of BMW branded cars rose 9.1pc, to 143,419 vehicles thanks to the introduction of the X1 compact offroader, the company said.
Ian Robertson, member of the board of management of BMW AG responsible for sales and marketing said: "We remain optimistic that we will continue to achieve steady sales growth as the year progresses."
Volkswagen brand passenger car sales fell 4.7pc in February to 394,000 vehicles due to slumping demand in the United States, South America and Asia Pacific.
Demand in China, the world's largest single market, fell 3pc, while sales in the United States fell 13.2pc amid negative publicity over the German carmaker's cheating of US diesel emissions tests.
Sales in Europe rose 3.7pc, the company said on Friday.