The BMW Group is having a banner year – it sold more than a million vehicles in the first half of 2014 for the first time (that includes MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorcycles).
The new i division, which comprises BMW’s plug-in models, shared the wealth. In June, 1,241 BMW i3s were delivered to customers worldwide, bringing year-to-date sales to 5,396.
The i3 went on sale in Germany and several other European countries in November 2013, and sales over there have been brisk. The i3 was the top selling plug-in in Germany during the first quarter of 2014.
The electric city car made its US debut in May with 336 sales, and followed up in June with 358. “The US will be the largest market for the i3,” Harald Krueger, BMW’s production chief, said in April. At the current production rate, BMW will be building about 20,000 units this years.