MUNICH, GERMANY – Bayerische Motoren Werke AG said global sales rose
a record 8.2 percent in March on the Mini small car. BMW Group deliveries advanced to 153,184 vehicles last month from 141,576 cars and SUVs a year earlier. First-quarter sales climbed 5.7 percent to 351,787 vehicles, according to

The Mini brand’s deliveries increased 24 percent in March to 26,693 cars, while the main BMW brand rose 5.3 percent to 126,406 vehicles. Roll-Royce brand sales climbed 70 percent to 85 cars.

BMW expects record sales this year, after selling 1.5 million vehicles last year, helped by the X5 and Mini models that went on sale at the end of 2006. The carmaker expects Mini sales to reach 240,000 vehicles this year for the first time, the manufacturer said.