By Nathan Allen
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW.XE) said Thursday that its first-half sales rose 1.8% thanks to strong demand in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
The German premium auto maker said it sold 1.24 million cars in the first six months of the year, compared with 1.22 million a year earlier. Sales for June rose 2.7% to 238,920 units, the company said.
First-half sales of electrified BMW and Mini cars rose more than 42%, particularly in markets which provide incentives to buyers of electric vehicles, the company said.
"Three quarters of the vehicles we sell in Norway are electrified, while one in three BMW 5 Series delivered in California is now a plug-in hybrid," said BMW Board Member for Sales and Brand BMW Pieter Nota.
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