BMW enjoys record annual car sales

BMW badges at the company's Dingolfing factory in southern Germany BMW saw sales rise in all its global regions

Carmaker BMW has reported record annual sales, both for its core brand, and UK-based businesses Mini and Rolls-Royce.

Its group-wide sales in 2012 totalled 1.85 million cars, up 11% from a year earlier. Sales of BMW vehicles made up the majority of this total, rising 12% to 1.54 million.

At Mini, sales rose by 6% to 301,526. Rolls-Royce's sales advanced by 1% to 3,538, as had already been revealed.

BMW said the popularity of its brands had overcome "challenging" markets.

Ian Robertson, BMW's director of sales and marketing, said: "We enter the new year with positive momentum and despite the prevailing headwinds in some markets, we aim to achieve another record year in sales in 2013."

BMW said that its group-wide sales rose in all its global regions, ranging from 1% growth in Europe, to 33% in Russia, 32% in Asia, and 14% in the US.

The sales in Asia were led by China, where they jumped by 40%.

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