BMW Group's worldwide sales in October increased 2 percent over the same month a year ago, helped with strong growth in China, India and Brazil.
However, U.S. sales for October dropped 19.1 percent from the year before.
The company said Monday it delivered 115,252 BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles in October, up from 113,011 last year. During the first 10 months of the year, the company has sold nearly 1.1 million vehicles.
Ian Robertson, head of sales and marketing for BMW, said the company expects record sales in China, India and Brazil in 2009.
"Our sales figures have been steadily recovering since April, and we were able to make gains in October as planned," he said, adding solid growth is expected for the last two months of the year.
Sales were also up in the United Kingdom and Spain as well as smaller markets, including Austria, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Argentina and the Netherlands.
BMW brand sales increased slightly by 0.4 percent in October, with BMW Z4 roadster sales jumping 126.2 percent to 2,079 units. The 7 Series and the 1 Series also saw strong growth.
"Over the next two years, we will be expanding or renewing more than half of our model range," Robertson said.
Production of the next generation X3 sports activity vehicle is moving to Greer next year from Austria. The plant is nearing completion of a $750 million expansion, including a new assembly facility for the X3 and an expansion of the paint shop. Currently, the plant builds the X5 SAV and the X6 sports activity coupe. A hybrid X6 is expected by the end of the year.
Mini sales were up 11.1 percent, with the Mini convertible soaring 336.1 percent to sales of 2,172 units globally.
Rolls Royce sales continued to tumble, with 70 cars delivered - a decline of 40.7 percent from a year ago. Year-to-date, its sales are down 43.8 percent.
However, the Rolls-Royce Ghost order bank stretches into the middle of next year. The first vehicles will be delivered by the end of this year, Robertson said.