BMW said Tuesday its global sales improved in November as the recession eased and demand rose strongly, especially in developing markets.
The German company, based in Munich, said its global group sales, including BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce, rose 11.5 percent to 107,686 cars in November.
The company said it sold 90,383 BMW-branded cars for the month, up 11 percent. BMW said among the overall best-sellers were the Z4 sports car and the BMW 7 Series.
BMW said November growth also was driven by the X5 and X6 models, which are produced at the company's only North American facility near Greer. Those models registered sales of 11,515 units, up 3.6 percent from a year earlier.
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BMW said its overall sales between January and November fell 12 percent.
"Since September, sales have been back on the growth track," Ian Robertson, BMW's board member responsible for sales and marketing, said in the company's report.
"In November we achieved another substantial increase in our global deliveries. We intend to continue this trend in December," Robertson said.
Rival carmaker Audi said it saw an 8.9 percent increase in November, particularly because of demand in the Chinese market, which has more than doubled its sales from a year ago.
Audi, a unit of Europe's largest auto group, Volkswagen AG, said it sold 82,750 cars for the month, compared with 75,965 in November of 2008.
Earlier, German carmaker Daimler AG said global sales for its Mercedes-Benz Cars division increased 16 percent in November, to 98,400 vehicles from 84,500 in the same month last year.
The division includes the Mercedes-Benz and the compact Smart brands. The Mercedes-Benz brand posted 19 percent growth for the month with 88,600 cars sold, up from 74,400 in November a year ago, while the Smart brand declined to 9,800 cars from 10,100.
Daimler said last month's rise in sales was a result of double-digit increases, especially for E-Class and S-Class cars.
Based in Ingolstadt, Audi said its overall sales for the first 11 months of the year declined 5.4 percent.
For November, BMW's Mini brand saw its sales increase nearly 14 percent while sales of the super-luxury Rolls Royce brand declined by 5.5 percent.
BMW sales rose most in Asia, where they jumped more than 33 percent.
Europe posted a nearly 12 percent increase for the month with Eastern Europe contributing strongly.
Overall, BMW's U.S. sales declined 7.5 percent to 18,272 vehicles sold in November, but deliveries of the BMW brand increased 3.2 percent.
Audi said its November gains came largely in the Asia-Pacific and Americas markets.
The company said some of the best-sellers overall were the Audi A3 sportback and the Q5 SUV.