BMW Retail Sales Down 10.5 Percent

U.S. BMW dealers sold 8,445 units during the first nine months of this year, according to a financial report issued by Germany’s BMW Group. This is a year-over-year decline of 10.5 percent. The company cites “the general reluctance of consumers to spend in the wake of the financial crisis.”

Worldwide, the BMW Group sold 80,750 motorcycles during the period, 2.5 percent below the corresponding figure for 2007. The decline would have been worse if it weren’t for a 5.4 percent increase in worldwide sales in the third quarter. “The response to the new F 800 GS and F 650 GS models from the media and from customers was very positive,” the report states.

The overall U.S. market for motorcycles, the report also states, contracted by 3.7 percent during the first nine months of the year when compared to the same period last year. It’s unclear whether this number is for all motorcycles or just ones with engines at least 500cc in size.

As we reported earlier, BMW introduced three new production models at INTERMOT international motorcycle show in early October. The company claims the K 1300 S is the fastest and most powerful BMW bike ever built. The company also used the drive system and suspension of this model in the new K 1300 R roadster. The third new model, the K 1200 GT, gets an enhanced fairing design.

The new BMW G 450 X enduro machine hit certain markets in September.