The UAE remained the biggest market, accounting for 47% of BMW and MINI regional sales and almost 10,000 vehicles sold. Abu Dhabi was the highest volume selling market, with a 21% growth, while Dubai witnessed an increase of 5%. Saudi Arabia was the third highest volume selling market, with 17% growth. Other top performing markets included Kuwait, with a growth of 37%, the highest amongst all BMW Group Middle East importers, and Oman increased sales by 33% and Lebanon by 25%.
Commenting on the Group's record-breaking 2012 performance, Dr. Joerg Breuer, Managing Director, BMW Group Middle East, said: "These remarkable results clearly demonstrate the continued growth of the region's economies, with the BMW Group making gains in almost all GCC and Levant markets, and with almost all our importers recording double digit growth. It is also the first time that we have crossed the 20,000 unit mark - this has been a result of us making our best selling models even better, our committed importer partners who continue to invest in improving facilities and customer service and the strength of our desirable brands."
BMW: High-end models in the fast lane
Since its launch in October 2010, the BMW 5 Series has been the global market leader in the premium segment of the upper mid-range class. In 2012 the model retained its pole position with 5,210 vehicles sold - the highest volume seller, representing almost a quarter (22%) of all regional sales.
The flagship BMW 7 Series was also amongst the company's best selling cars with 4,145 models sold. Offering new levels of luxury, comfort and power, the new and refined 7 Series model went on sale in the region in September and has been a strong driving force behind the company's 2012 sales achievements.
Other top performing BMW models included the X5 Sports Activity Vehicle (3,639 cars), X6 Sports Activity Coupé (2,638 cars), and the BMW 3 Series (1,727 cars).
MINI: 18% growth for the small car with the big cheeky attitude
MINI, the world's fastest growing small premium car brand, recorded another year of exceptional sales with 1,305 models sold across nine Middle East markets - an 18% increase over 2011. This is the most successful year in the brand's history in terms of regional sales and an impressive feat when operating in a market that predominantly favours large, luxury cars.
Sales were led by the Countryman - the first MINI with four doors and four wheel drive capabilities - which accounted for 41% of the brand's regional sales. The newly launched MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster were also strong contributing factor to the brand's 2012 success, accounting for 20% of sales. In addition, the brand entered the Jordan market for the first time and other strong investments were made into new MINI showrooms in the UAE and Saudi Arabia to cater for the brand's progressive growth.
Looking to the future, Dr. Breuer added: "It has been a great 12 months and we anticipate that 2013 will be another successful year for BMW Group in the Middle East. Together with our importer partners, we remain committed to driving our BMW Group brands forward in the Middle East with the investment in facilities, customer service and the launch of new models.