The BMW brand accounted for 111,639 registrations, an increase of 9% compared to 2004, while MINI recorded 44,757 registrations, its best annual sales performance since the vehicle’s UK launch in July 2001 and 3% higher than in 2004.
Combined, the BMW and MINI brands accounted for 6.42% of the total UK market in 2005 (BMW 4.58% and MINI 1.84%).
Significant contributions to BMW brand performance included:
2005 was the first full sales year for the MINI Convertible range in the UK. MINI Convertible is the best-selling softtop in the UK and its registrations accounted for 23% of the total 2005 MINI registrations.
Overall, MINI recorded a total of 44,757 registrations in the UK, a 3% increase compared to 2004.
The MINI Cooper continued to be the most popular model in the range.
Jim O’Donnell, managing director BMW (UK), said: "2005 was an extremely competitive year but BMW and MINI have yet again achieved record sales. Our product offensive will not stop in 2006 and will help us to consolidate our position as the leading manufacturer of premium vehicles."