BMW Group Malaysia achieved its finest performance in the country with a total of 12,680 units of BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad vehicles delivered during 2017. This is the seventh consecutive all-time high performance, achieving a segment growth of 16%.

The success of BMW Group Malaysia mirrors that of the BMW Group worldwide. Globally, the group delivered 2,463,526 vehicles.

“We are humbled by this achievement. Our successful growth here in Malaysia is a result of our absolute commitment to the country as well as all our customers, dealers and their premium ownership experiences. We are committed more than ever to serve the country and the South East Asian region from Malaysia this year and set another benchmark with utmost excellence for the premium automotive industry here. Going into 2018, with the continued support of the Malaysian government, our customers and our strong dealership network, we will realise our investments and plans for the region here and we hope in sustaining this momentum and achieving yet another milestone for the Group and the country,” said Han Sang Yun, MD & CEO of BMW Group Malaysia.

The BMW brand grew by 18% in 2017, delivering a total of 10,618 vehicles. The growth was predominantly driven by the 3-Series (3,564 units) as well as the X5 xDrive40e (over 3,000 units). The delivery of BMW’s electrified vehicles to customers in Malaysia continues to underline the company’s leadership role when it comes to electro-mobility.

MINI achieved the brand’s best record performance in 2017 with 1,010 vehicles delivered, a 12% increase from the previous year.

During 2017, BMW Group Malaysia also moved its Regional Parts Distribution Centre to the Free Trade Zone adjacent to Senai International Airport in Johor. The new regional facility (pictured above), built with an investment of over RM130 million, is one of the largest of its kind in the Asia Pacific region and supports over 22 countries.

Exports of lefthand drive BMW models assembled in Malaysia will commence this year to Vietnam and the Philippines.

In 2018, 3-Series, 5-Series and 7-Series models assembled in Malaysia will be exported to Vietnam and the Philippines. To support the move, the assembly facility in Kulim increased its local assembly capabilities to over 10,000 vehicles with an additional investment of over RM10 million.

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