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      09-02-2005, 08:18 AM   #5
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BMW overall doing very well.
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BMW GROUP IN THE U.S. REPORTS BEST MONTH EVER FOR BMW BRAND
09/01/2005

BMW Group Sales up 18 Percent for August;

Year-to-Date Sales Rise 4.3 Percent

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - September 1, 2005... The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI brands combined) reported impressive August sales of 28,879, an increase of 18 percent over the 24,501 vehicles sold the same month last year, for its second best month ever. The BMW Group also reported year-to-date sales of 200,562 vehicles, up 4 percent over the 192,233 vehicles sold in the first eight months of 2004.

BMW Brand
BMW reported its best sales month ever, with 25,537 vehicles sold, an increase of 15 percent over the 22,167 sold in August 2004. Previously, the best month for the BMW brand was December 2004, when sales of 25,482 BMWs were reported.

Year-to-date, BMW brand sales were up 1.2 percent, to 171,579 compared to 169,480 in the same period last year.

"Strong sales across all models, including BMW's new 3 Series and 7 Series automobiles, contributed to this record-breaking month for the BMW brand," according to Tom Purves, chairman and CEO of BMW (US) Holding Corp.

BMW Automobile Sales
August sales of BMW automobiles were up 13 percent, to 17,254 cars, compared to 15,305 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, sales in this category were down 2 percent, to 124,406 automobiles compared to 126,885 in the same period a year ago.

BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Sales
SAV sales were up 21 percent for the month to 8,283 vehicles, compared to 6,862 vehicles sold in August 2004. Year-to-date, sales of BMW's two SAV models are up 11 percent, to 47,173 vehicles compared to 42,595 in the same period of 2004.

Certified Pre-owned
BMW also reported its best August ever for sales of Certified Pre-owned BMWs. Monthly sales of Certified Pre-owned vehicles were 6,470, up 15 percent over the 5,637 vehicles sold in the same month last year. Year-to-date, BMW CPO sales were up 3.3 percent, to 49,620 vehicles over 48,042 for the same period a year ago.

MINI Brand
MINI Automobiles
MINI USA continued to experience strong demand, with August sales up 43 percent, to 3,342 cars versus the 2,334 sold in that month in 2004. The division reported sales of 28,983 cars year-to-date, up 27 percent compared to 22,753 sold in first eight months of 2004.
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