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Year-to-date Sales Up Jump 8 Percent

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Jan 5 -- The BMW Group (BMW and MINI brands combined) ended its best year ever with robust twelve-month sales gain of 8 percent, reporting 276,869 vehicles over the 256,622 reported in 2002. It was the twelfth straight year that BMW posted sales increases. Sales for December were off 5 percent, at 24,915 vehicles compared to sales of 26,252 in December 2002.

BMW Brand Also Has Best Year

BMW of North America, LLC reported annual sales of 240,589 automobiles and Sports Activity Vehicles, up 4 percent over the 232,032 vehicles sold in the same period last year. The company also reported sales of 20,910 vehicles, down 9 percent from the 22,974 recorded in the same month in 2002.

"We experienced exceptional performance in several models. Sales of the 5 Series models reached nearly 47,000 (46,964), an increase of 15 percent over the previous best year in 2002. The all-new 5 Series went on sale in late September to strong consumer reception. Sales of the BMW 7 Series continue to outperform expectations, with more than 20,000 (20,473) automobiles in 2003," said Ed Robinson, Executive Vice President - Operations for BMW of North America, LLC. "BMW continued to capture 40 percent of the premium roadster market in 2003; more than 20,000 (20,324) Z4 models were sold."

BMW Automobile Sales

BMW reported sales of 200,144 automobiles compared to the 189,290 cars sold in 2002, an increase of 6 percent. The company also reported December automobile sales of 16,054, down 15 percent from the 18,949 cars sold in the same month a year ago.

BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Sales

For the month of December, the company reported sales of 4,856 BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicles, up 20 percent over the 4,025 vehicles reported last year.

Year-to-date, sales of BMW's X5 Sports Activity Vehicles were off 4.7 percent, to 40,715 vehicles from the 42,742 reported in 2002.

BMW Certified Pre-owned Vehicles Sales

Sales of BMW CPO vehicles set new records, too, as the company reported 65,693 vehicles in 2003, an increase of 8.4 percent above the 60,160 vehicles sold last year. For December, CPO sales were up 4.5 percent to 5,526 compared to 5,289 sold in the same month in 2002.

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MINI sales in the U.S. continue to surpass expectations. Year-to-date, the company reported sales of 19,592 MINI Coopers and 16,418 MINI Cooper S' for combined sales of 36,010. The company reported sales of 1,969 MINI Coopers and 2,036 MINI Cooper S' during the month of December for a total of 4,005 cars sold, making it a record month for MINI. Two ships of cars arrived earlier than expected and in time to ship to dealers for delivery to customers by the end of 2003. The MINI brand has been on sale in the U.S. since March 22, 2002.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand, the MINI brand, and the ROLLS-ROYCE brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, an industrial design firm in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Corp. in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all Z4 roadster and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 340 BMW passenger car centers, 327 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 148 BMW motorcycle retailers, 73 MINI passenger car dealers, and 25 ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North, Central and South America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at:

www.bmwusa.com
www.bmwmotorradusa.com
www.miniusa.com
www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

BMW Car Sales Report for December 2003

2003 2002

December 16054 18949
Year-to-Date 200144 189290

December Year-to-Date December Year-to-Date
2003 2003 2002 2002

325i (E46) 2523 43693 3834 39585
325Ci (E46) 659 7623 745 8201
325Ci convertible (E46) 690 7433 740 9245
325i sport wagon (E46) 124 2068 258 1434
325xi 1398 12737 1452 12427
325xi sport wagon 113 1884 226 1902
330i 557 9422 1263 11479
330Ci 327 5890 799 7533
330Ci convertible 591 7183 676 8440
330xi 411 5955 728 5674
M3 (E46) 460 4687 579 5625
M3 convertible (E46) 273 3369 321 3883
3 Series 8126 111944 11621 115428
Z3 2.5 roadster (US) 4 109 93 3681
Z3 3.0 roadster (US) 1 24 17 2090
Z3 3.0 coupe (US) 1 6 7 243
Z4 2.5i roadster (US) 1100 11899 1033 2204
Z4 3.0i roadster (US) 1014 8270 656 1500
M roadster (US) 0 14 10 479
M coupe (US) 0 2 8 293
Z3 and Z4 Series 2120 20324 1824 10490
525i 34 14114 1260 13349
525i sport wagon 18 1187 226 1696
525 (E60) 1483 3134 0 0
530i 19 14781 1610 19057
530i (E60) 2069 6947 0 0
540i sport wagon 2 261 61 370
540i 7 3639 412 4704
545 (E60) 573 1454 0 0
M5 20 1447 130 1666
5 Series 4225 46964 3699 40842
740i 0 0 1 31
740iL 0 0 0 40
740iL Protection 0 0 0 0
745i 520 6634 529 11512
745Li 974 13117 1245 10407
750iL 0 0 1 16
750iL Protection 0 0 0 0
760Li 69 722 0 0
7 Series 1563 20473 1776 22006
Z8 0 175 29 524
Z8 Alpina 20 264 0 0
Z8 Series 20 439 29 524

BMW Sports Activity Vehicle (light trucks) Sales Report
for December 2003

2003 2002

December 4856 4025
Year-to-Date 40715 42742

December Year-to-Date December Year-to-Date

2003 2003 2002 2002
X5 3.0i (US) 3878 30214 2940 32131
X5 4.4i (US) 958 9383 969 9235
X5 4.6is (US) 20 1118 116 1376

Total 4856 40715 4025 42742

MINI Sales Report for December 2003

2003 2002

December 4005 3278
Year-to-Date 36010 24590

December Year-to-Date December Year-to-Date
2003 2003 2002 2002

MINI Cooper 1969 19592 1703 13903
MINI Cooper S 2036 16418 1575 10687

Total 4005 36010 3278 24590
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