BMW Group Canada sales up 7% for March



    BMW, MINI, Motorrad and Pre-Owned all post March sales increases

    WHITBY, ON, April 1 /CNW/ - BMW Group Canada (BMW and MINI Brands
combined) sales increased 7% for March 2009, representing 2,018 vehicle sales.
Year-to-date sales for BMW Group Canada are 4,324 units, down 5% compared to
the same period last year.

    BMW Brand: March Sales Increase 8%.

    The BMW brand retailed 1,711 units, up 8% over March 2008. Year-to-date,
3,781 BMWs have been retailed, a slight decrease of 1% compared to the same
period last year.

    MINI Brand: MINI sales up 4% in March.

    In March, there were 307 MINIs sold, up 4% compared to March 2008. Year
to date, 543 MINIs have been sold, down 22% compared to the same period in
2008.

    BMW Motorrad: Record March Motorcycle sales.

    BMW Motorrad Canada set a March sales record of 168 units, which is a
sales increase of 124% compared to March 2008 sales. Year-to-date, sales are
up 138% to 236 units compared to the same period last year.

    BMW Pre-Owned: Best ever March sales for BMW Certified Series Pre-Owned.

    The BMW Certified Pre-Owned division posted record March sales. BMW
Certified Series Pre-Owned sales increased 42% to 785 units compared to March
2008. Total BMW Pre-Owned sales were up 41% to 909 units in March.
    Year-to-date, total BMW Pre-Owned sales are up 30%, with 2,250 units
sold. Of those, 1,928 units were BMW Certified Series Pre-Owned sales, which
are up 33% compared to the same period last year.

    MINI Pre-Owned: Record March MINI Pre-Owned Sales.

    Total MINI Pre-Owned vehicle sales are up 34% in March compared to March
2008 with 79 units sold. Of those units, 50 were MINI NEXT Certified Pre-Owned
units, up 14% compared to March 2008. Year-to-date MINI pre-owned sales are up
20% to 185 units compared to the same period in 2008. Of those sales, 113 were
MINI NEXT Certified Pre-Owned sales, an increase of 10% compared to the same
period last year.

    BMW Group Canada, based in Whitby, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary
of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance
automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI. BMW Group
Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail
financing and leasing programs and protection products on new and pre-owned
BMW and MINI automobiles, as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned
BMW Motorcycles. A total network of 40 BMW automobile retail centres, 19 BMW
motorcycle retailers, and 25 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across
the country.





For further information:

For further information: Stacy Morris, Specialist - Business, Marketing,
Lifestyle, BMW Group Canada, Office - (905) 428-5076,
Stacy.morris@bmwgroup.ca

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