It’s another record year for BMW Group Malaysia, which sold a total of 12,680 units of BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad vehicles in 2017. This is the premium carmaker’s seventh consecutive all-time high performance in Malaysia, achieved via segment leading growth of 16% compared to 2016 (10,906 units).

The BMW brand grew by 18% last year, delivering a total of 10,618 units from 9,000 in 2016. The growth was predominantly driven by the 3 Series with 3,564 units delivered – 2,408 of which were the 330e (Sport and M Sport). Fellow plug-in hybrid X5 xDrive40e was also a key contributor, with over 3,000 units sold last year. Over 400 units of the flagship 740Le xDrive were delivered.

The launch of the G30 5 Series in the first half of 2017 also accelerated the brand’s sales with over 1,600 units of the business sedan delivered. The G30 range will be further boosted by the impending launch of the 530e plug-in hybrid.

The MINI brand had its best year ever in 2017 with 1,010 vehicles delivered, a 12% increase from 2016. Last year, MINI added the new F60 Countryman, John Cooper Works Clubman and John Cooper Works Countryman to the range.

Meanwhile, the BMW Motorrad division delivered 1,052 motorcycles last year, a 5% increase. 2017 saw the unveiling of five new bikes – the BMW S1000RR, R1200GS, K1600 GT and Bagger and R nineT Urban GS.

The success of BMW Group Malaysia mirrors that of the BMW Group worldwide. Globally, the premium automaker achieved a new all-time sales high with 2,463,526 vehicles delivered. The BMW brand saw a 4.2% boost (2,088,283 units) while MINI grew by 3.2% (371,881). BMW Motorrad sales increased by 13.2% (164,153).

Away from sales figures, BMW Group Malaysia introduced the Full Circle financing programme and the improved Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline Programme last year. The Munich-based automaker also opened its regional parts distribution centre in Senai, Johor. The RM130 million facility is one of the largest in Asia Pacific and supports over 22 markets.

This year, BMW Group Malaysia will begin delivery of the first 3 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series units to Vietnam and the Philippines, as announced in 2016. To support the move, the Kulim plant increased its local assembly capabilities to over 10,000 vehicles last year with an investment of over RM10 million.

Last week, arch-rival Mercedes-Benz Malaysia announced that it delivered 12,045 units in 2017 for another record year. That’s around 1,500 units more than the BMW brand’s total, but MBM’s growth was 2.3%, less than BMW’s double digit increase and its own 2016 growth of 9%. Let the good times roll, they’ll both say.