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Thu 15 Jul 2010 02:12 PM

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BMW sees 13% rise in Mideast H1 sales

Carmaker sells a total of 8,096 vehicles to customers across the region between Jan-June 2010.

BMW sees 13% rise in Mideast H1 sales
CAR SALES: BMW sold a total of 8,096 vehicles to Middle Eastern customers between January and June this year. (Getty Images)

BMW Group Middle East announced on Thursday car sales in the first half of this year have increased by 13 percent compared to the same period in 2009.

The German car manufacturer sold a total of 8,096 BMW and MINI vehicles to customers across the region during that time, according to figures released in a statement.

The firm’s flagship BMW 7 Series remained the top selling model with 2,402 cars delivered to customers, which represents a 16 percent increase on last year.

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi was the market where the most vehicles were sold – a total of 1,707 cars, which represents growth of 38 percent.

Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain also saw notable sales, the firm said, with 1,478, 304 and 319 cars sold respectively.

The firm’s MINI brand also saw an increase in sales during H1 2010, with a total of 293 cars sold across eight Middle Eastern markets. The firm said this represents a 28 percent rise compared to last year’s figures for the same period.

"We had six new BMW model launches in the first six months of the year: two ActiveHybrid models, Gran Turismo, 5 Series, X1 and X5, so it's been a busy and successful start to the year,” said Phil Horton, managing director, BMW Group Middle East.

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Hussain 10 years ago

With the economy in a slump and Arabian bussiness reporting lower spending, more BMW's on the street?? i guess its good to exploit the poor and working class. it allows you to get a BMW when everyone else is starving! better throw my morals and ethics out a window!