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BMW record breaking sales in 2011! Carmaker BMW has broken its previous sales record to make 2011 the most successful year ever for the company in terms of vehicles sold.

The BMW Group saw worldwide sales of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce automobiles rise 14.2 per cent last year to reach a total of 1,668,982, compared to 1,461,166 the year before.

In December, sales were 11.9 per cent higher than in the same month in 2010 with 158,125 units shifted.

With so many new vehicles coming on to the market, there could also be a surge in those searching for BMW car parts to repair their cars or modify them.

"2011 was an excellent year for the BMW Group. We have clearly attained our sales target of over 1.6 million vehicles and our models continue to be in high demand right across the world," said Ian Robertson, head of sales and marketing.

"Looking ahead, we want to continue to grow, with balanced sales growth across all continents, and we plan to remain the world's top selling premium automaker in 2012."

New vehicles were among the biggest drivers of sales growth, with the 5 Series and new X3 among the best performers.

BMW brand sales rose 12.8 per cent in 2011 to reach a record total of 1,380,384, with the X3 selling 117,944 vehicles, growth of 156.4 per cent over last year, while 310,050 5 Series vehicles were delivered to customers, a rise of 46.3 per cent.

Meanwhile, Mr Robertson expects further sales growth to be seen this year once the new BMW 3 Series has been launched.

"This is the best BMW 3 Series sedan we have ever built and we are confident it will continue this model's success story. Due to the BMW 3 Series model changeover, we expect to see momentum increase in the second half of the year," he said.

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