German carmaker BMW on Friday reported record sales for the month of February, attributing an annual 3.1-per-cent increase in vehicles moved to demand in China.
"February was an important month for us because of the introduction of the new BMW 5 series," said BMW chief Ian Robertson, noting that he expects the model to drive sales this year.
Total sales for the month hit 169,073 vehicles for the BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce marques. It was the best sales level ever recorded for the month of February and a sharp improvement over February 2016 figures.
The company attributed its boost to the China market, where sales swelled by 11 per cent. It attributed the good figures to goodwill enjoyed by BMW - and competitor Daimler - as Audi, another German carmaker, struggles with Chinese dealers.
Other models that enjoyed strong sales in February included the X1 sports utility vehicle and the BMW 7 series. Demand for plug-in hybrids and battery-powered i3 models also doubled since last year, to 10,000.