BERLIN, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- German carmaker BMW saw sales of its new cars grow 6.4 percent in 2013 than the previous year as a result of strong demands from China and the United States, the company said Monday.
About 1.96 million units with brands of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, owned by the Munich-based company, were delivered worldwide in 2013, it said in a statement.
Sales of BMW brand alone rose by 7.5 percent to 1.65 million vehicles in 2013, surpassing its rivals Volkswagen's Audi and Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, which globally delivered 1.57 million units and 1.46 million units respectively.
"The BMW Group posted record sales once again in 2013 and is clearly the number one in the premium segment," said Ian Robertson, board member of BMW responsible for sales and marketing.
In 2013, BMW's sales in Asia increased by 17.3 percent to 576,616 vehicles, among which 390,713 were delivered in the Chinese mainland.
In the United States, BMW sales climbed by 8.1 percent to 375,782 units. In its home market of Europe, BMW deliveries declined slightly by 0.7 percent, though reaching 858,990 units, the largest portion of its total sales.
BMW was optimistic about its new year outlook. "Despite the prevailing headwinds in many markets, we aim to increase sales and make 2014 another record year," said Robertson.