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      07-04-2008, 10:00 PM   #1
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Australian Sales figures for 1 Series

235 1 Series Coupe/Conv were sold in Australia in June 2008! This makes it the second-best seller in the Sports category, behind only the 3 Series Coupe/Conv (347), and ahead of the VW Eos (194).

The 1 Series Coupe/Conv was also BMW's 4th best seller behind the 3 Series (670), X5 (497) and 3 Series Coupe/Conv (347). The 1 Series Hatchback sold 138 in June.

BMW sold a total of 2258 cars in June which is an all time record for BMW in Australia. Not too surprising with the threatened hike in LCT expected to apply from July onwards (retrospectively once it's passed). This easily beats the previous record of 1679 cars way back in July 2000 ... just after GST and LCT replaced the previous import duty system! Notice a common theme here?

BMW was also the 12th best selling make in June. Other leading premium brands were Mercedes-Benz (14th, 1766 sales), Audi (15th, 907 sales), Lexus (16th, 741 sales).
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      09-23-2008, 11:45 PM   #2
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Some updated figures for sales of the 1 series coupe/convertible in Australia:

Mar-08, 6
Apr-08, 11
May-08, 157
Jun-08, 235
Jul-08, 133
Aug-08, 170

Total to the end of August is 712. There were plenty of claims originally that there would only be 200 or so coupes allocated for Australia in 2008. Assuming that the figure of 712 cars is evenly split between coupe and convertible, it seems that demand has forced a revision of this decision.
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      09-23-2008, 11:47 PM   #3
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Happy to be part of the statistics!
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      09-24-2008, 12:31 AM   #4
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Here's the sales stats for the 1 Series hatch too:

Sep-04, 64
Oct-04, 171
Nov-04, 135
Dec-04, 101
Jan-05, 162
Feb-05, 209
Mar-05, 191
Apr-05, 151
May-05, 178
Jun-05, 151
Jul-05, 211
Aug-05, 229
Sep-05, 146
Oct-05, 214
Nov-05, 135
Dec-05, 123
Jan-06, 192
Feb-06, 150
Mar-06, 128
Apr-06, 135
May-06, 202
Jun-06, 175
Jul-06, 222
Aug-06, 270
Sep-06, 183
Oct-06, 181
Nov-06, 142
Dec-06, 113
Jan-07, 158
Feb-07, 128
Mar-07, 192
Apr-07, 154
May-07, 173
Jun-07, 175
Jul-07, 170
Aug-07, 126
Sep-07, 122
Oct-07, 124
Nov-07, 121
Dec-07, 138
Jan-08, 165
Feb-08, 176
Mar-08, 135
Apr-08, 137
May-08, 141
Jun-08, 138
Jul-08, 172
Aug-08, 102

1166 YTD
7611 total since launch in Sep-2004
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      09-24-2008, 12:34 AM   #5
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interesting figures guran. by the way, do they sort them at a finer level? 135i coupes and 130i hatches, for instance?
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      09-24-2008, 12:38 AM   #6
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The "200" claim relates to 135 coupes only.
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interesting figures guran. by the way, do they sort them at a finer level? 135i coupes and 130i hatches, for instance?
Prateek, the info isn't broken down to model specific sales of the coupe/convertible; not any that is released anyway. All the info can be found here: http://www.autonews.net.au/static/vfacts/main.html
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Excellent info Guran - thanks for sharing :smile:

Even at those numbers, it confirms what I was certain of and ie: it's still a rare vehicle (ie: coupe and vert) when you spread that number out all over the Country, they can't possibly be all that common...little wonder I've only spotted 3 in months of looking out for them...
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The "200" claim relates to 135 coupes only.
This is a typical standard 'one liner' used by most brands as soon as you get a popular new release, it's all tactics designed to 'scare' you into acting quickly and buying before you 'miss out' LOL

As I've mentioned on another thread, I will be test driving the new Audi TTS shortly and guess what ??? yep, the Audi stealer told me the 1st batch to arrive in Aust. consists of only 200 vehicles and most are spoken for and on-going supply to Aust. will be in very limited numbers, so you'd better grab one quick or else you'll miss out and be waiting 6-8 months...

I told him, I'll take the test drive, then ' if ' I decide to purchase one, I'll be back in 6-8 months when all the initial hype and demand has died down and your struggling a little to move them and we'll talk then

When I purchased my GMH turbo Astra vert in 2004 same thing, limited run of 200 vehicles so be quick

Back in 1999 when I purchased my HSV R8, similar story, regarding 'limited numbers' and it is a locally produced car LOL, simple truth, they would actually make as many as they could sell
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thanks for the link corey!
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      09-24-2008, 11:53 PM   #11
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Wraith, yes, but it's still a case of order now and (unless you get a reserved slot) delivery around 2nd or 3rd quarter next year.
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      09-25-2008, 01:42 AM   #12
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Prateek, the info isn't broken down to model specific sales of the coupe/convertible; not any that is released anyway. All the info can be found here: http://www.autonews.net.au/static/vfacts/main.html
Yep, like Corey said. VFACTS apparently log more detailed breakdowns than what they report on their website, but that info seems to be only available to each individual manufacturer, who sometimes release that info to the media.

BTW, let's hope the autonews website doesn't discover that their backdoor is wide open. Somehow I suspect this info is not intended for public consumption. (similarly, I recently hacked my way into the magazine auditing website simply by using the name of a magazine as the username and password!)
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Wraith, yes, but it's still a case of order now and (unless you get a reserved slot) delivery around 2nd or 3rd quarter next year.
Agreed, that is true if you make an order, other than taking something that's on the showroom floor :smile:

Still they will try and make you panic with all the limited numbers and long waiting time conversation that they'll bring up with you, hoping you'll 'knee jerk' and buy something that's already available or place an order...most of us will do or have done the later, so the waiting period comes standard anyway...

With regard to the Audi TTS the wait period (as far as I've been advised, (especially if you order custom goodies from the 'Audi exclusive' interior options catalogue) is 6-8 months :eyebulge:

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      10-03-2008, 06:04 PM   #14
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Figures for September 2008 are out. Aussie sales were 245 1 Series Coupe/Convertibles (965 YTD!) and 102 1 Series hatches. That's the biggest month so far for the coupe/convertible.
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      10-03-2008, 06:29 PM   #15
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Yep getting pretty common now! I'm starting to see 1ers much more regularly
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incidentally, has anyone seen a space grey 1er yet?
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incidentally, has anyone seen a space grey 1er yet?
They'd be a few weeks, if not months, away wouldn't they? People taking delivery now would still be from July/August build weeks.
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Figures for October 2008 are out. A tough month for the car market overall. Aussie sales were 221 1 Series Coupe/Convertibles (1186 YTD) and 122 1 Series hatches. Another good month for the coupe/convertible ... especially since my car is one of those 221! In fact, the 1 Series Coupe/Convertible has now overtaken the X5 and 3 Series Coupe/Convertible to become the second-best selling BMW model this month.
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considering the release of the coupe / convertibles, the hatches haven't suffered as much as I would have thought.. sure they have decreased but still a strong seller.
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Instead, it looks like the 1er coupe/convertible has eaten into sales of the 3er sedan and coupe/convertible. Not too surprising really.
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Instead, it looks like the 1er coupe/convertible has eaten into sales of the 3er sedan and coupe/convertible. Not too surprising really.
Sale of the 3 series may have slowed due to people waiting for the release of the new face lifted model.
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True, and another factor of course is the LCT increase.
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