BMW Motorrad reports best global sales in 2021 at 194,261 motorcycles/scooters, up 4.8% from prior year while US sales up 32.1% to 16,030 vehicles; company to launch all-electric BMW CE 04, 6-cylinder models K 1600 GT/GTL/B and Grand America in H1 2022

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WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey , February 1, 2022 (press release) –

  • Best global sales results in history with increase of 14.8 percent.
  • 194,261 BMW motorcycle and scooters delivered to customers.
  • 16,030 motorcycles and scooters sold in U.S. (+32.1 percent)

BMW Motorrad finished the year with a record sales result despite major challenges. With 194,261 units (+14.8 percent), 2021 was the best year since BMW Motorrad was founded (previous year: 169,272 units).

Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: "The fact that we still managed to finish 2021 with this fantastic result for BMW Motorrad not only makes me happy, but also incredibly proud. It’s precisely in times of crisis where you can see how well a team sticks together. This year, I would therefore like to express my special thanks to all employees as well as to the BMW Motorrad business partners, who made this success possible thanks to their personal commitment and flexibility. My sincere thanks also goes to our customers for their loyalty, trust and support."
Encouraging developments in the USA and Brazil.
With 16,030 motorcycles and scooters sold (previous year: 12,135 units), BMW Motorrad USA achieved an impressive +32.1 percent growth. Sales in Brazil are not growing quite as fast, but they are increasing steadily. With 11,150 vehicles sold (previous year: 10.707 units) and a growth of +4.1 percent, the South American market is among the top 7 BMW Motorrad markets in 2021.
Strong sales growth in Europe and Asia.
Europe showed strong sales growth in 2021. Italy (16,034 units / +15.2 percent), Spain (12,616 units / +14.4 percent) and France (19,887 units / +13.4 percent) were the most important growth drivers and able to continuously increase their sales figures. In total, 9,100 more vehicles were delivered in Europe, including Germany, than in the previous year. The Asian market is also continuing to expand. China (14,309 units / +21.4 percent) is also one of the strongest markets in Asia with double-digit growth. India continues to develop strongly, posting an absolute top result with a growth of 102.5 percent and a remarkable 5,191 units.

Stable sales in Germany at a slight minus.
Germany remains by far the largest single market for BMW Motorrad. With 25,972 units sold, BMW Motorrad will again defend its position as the most successful motorcycle manufacturer in the German market in 2021. 
Brexit has no noticeable impact on motorcycle sales.
Fortunately, the UK's exit from the EU had no significant impact on the fun of riding on two wheels. With an increase of 26.6 percent and sales of 9,263 units in Great Britain/Ireland (previous year 7,315 units), the British market is proving to be stronger than ever before.

Boxer models remain the driving force.
A total of over 60,000 units of the touring enduros R 1250 GS and GS Adventure alone, were delivered to customers in 2021. Sales of the traditionally strong R Series increased significantly overall. Thanks to the new top-of-the-line R 1250 RT tourer and the four emotional BMW cruisers from the R18 model family, sales figures in the flat-twin boxer segment once again grew strongly, accounting for around half of the total 194,261 vehicles sold.

First M motorcycle sets sporty and technological standards.
The BMW M 1000 RR was the first true M motorcycle from BMW Motorrad to enter the market in 2021. With 1,070 units sold and numerous sporting successes on the racetracks of this world, this powerful sports motorbike once again underlines the high innovative strength and passion of BMW Motorrad. A clear commitment to the sporty four-cylinder is demonstrated not only by the S 1000 RR and S 1000 XR, but also by the S 1000 R, which was launched in 2021 and which achieved an excellent result with 4,796 units sold following its comprehensive update.
Looking ahead at 2022.
Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: "I look forward to 2022 with great confidence as we start the year with what is sure to be the strongest product offering ever. Our four cruiser models from the BMW R 18 model family are entering their first full year of sales together. In addition, in the first few months of 2022 alone, the market launches of the all-electric BMW CE 04 and our four superior 6-cylinder models K 1600 GT/GTL/B and Grand America, which have been further improved in all respects, are absolute highlights in our range and will generate a further sales drive in the first half of the year. We also have a lot planned for the second half of 2022, so our customers and fans are in store for a number of surprises." 
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 of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California;  a technology office in Silicon Valley, and various other operations throughout the country.  BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is the BMW Group global center of competence for BMW X models and manufactures the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7 Sports Activity Vehicles. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 350 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 144 BMW motorcycle retailers, 105 MINI passenger car dealers, and 38 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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