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BMW posts steady September sales despite harsher test procedures

German carmaker BMW Group announced on Friday its global deliveries amounted to 237,781 cars in September, marking a slight 0.8% decline annually. BMW's steady sales figures come as a contrast to other German rivals such as Volkswagen, Mercedes and Audi which have been negatively impacted by the effects of a trade war between the United States and China, as well as new emissions standards in Europe which came into effect on September 1.

BMW Group, which also includes Rolls-Royce and Mini, sold 113,620 units in Europe, a 4.9% fall due to the effect of the new emissions standard known as the "worldwide light vehicles test procedure", or WLTP, which requires of carmakers to obtain approval for all variants of the cars they sell, meaning that they have to perform a larger number of tests. Meanwhile, sales in China, BMW's largest market, made a 13.2% increase in September, amounting to 59,616 cars. The company also delivered a record-breaking 14,559 electrified vehicles, 35% more than a year ago.

"As we planned well ahead for the WLTP changeover, virtually all our current models are WLTP type-approved and available for delivery," said Pieter Nota, sales head at BMW. However, Nota did say that the company was "significantly affected by market distortions caused by the introduction of the new WLTP testing procedure."

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