BMW i3 & i8 Account For Over 1% Of Worldwide BMW Sales

2 years ago by Mark Kane 12

BMW i worldwide sales - November 2015

BMW i worldwide sales – November 2015

Another Look At The BMW i3 "Shadow Sport" From LA (Image: Warren M/InsideEVs)

Another Look At The BMW i3 “Shadow Sport” From LA (Image: Warren M/InsideEVs)

BMW exceed 25,000 sales of i3 and i8 so far this year (25,601 to be exact), including 2,472 in November.

Since late 2013, nearly 45,000 of these two i cars have been delivered worldwide, but how does that compare to BMW’s total global sales over the same period?

Well, compared to overall sales of BMW Group (including MINI and BMW Motorrad), it seems that over 1% of global sales belong to the BMW i subbrand.

The average for this year stands at about 1.26% share, with a record set in September at 1.75%.

But MINI is separate brand, while BMW Motorrad sells motorcycles, so limiting the scope to BMW cars only, share for i3 and i8 is even higher – nearly 1.5% on average and peaked at 2.09%:

BMW i worldwide sales - November 2015

BMW i worldwide sales – November 2015

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12 responses to "BMW i3 & i8 Account For Over 1% Of Worldwide BMW Sales"

  1. Big Solar says:

    i3 with a 40 KWh pack please!! 0 to 60 in 5.0 too please.

    1. jelloslug says:

      I would be happy with just the 40 kwh pack…

    2. przemo_li says:

      Too small a battery pack for such acceleration.

      1. 3laine says:

        I’m not saying you’re wrong, but how did you come to this conclusion?

      2. R.S says:

        Not really, it just depends on the C rate of the i3s battery.
        If the kept the C rate, while doubling the energy, the power output would be twice as much. If the cars weight stays the same and the just strap another motor at the front axel, where would be twice as much force accelerating the car, theoretically, so half the 0-60 time. Of course you can’t add the same torque to the front wheels, they would just spin, but you can add at least 50%, so the car could accelerate in 5 seconds 0-60, regardless of the battery.

        1. 3laine says:

          I have a similar thought process, RS. 40kW would be nearly double the battery capacity that it has now at 170hp and it wouldn’t take anywhere near double the power to get the BEV to 5.0 0-60. That would be 340hp. Even 300hp should be enough to get to 5.0 in a ~2650lb car, assuming it doesn’t add too much weight in the process. I bet traction could be a bigger weak link with the i3 than power, but RWD helps.

  2. David Murray says:

    For some reason, I thought I had read somewhere that it was a lot higher than this.

    1. mr. M says:

      I share of whole BMW sold is higher in only. More like 5% probably.

  3. Speculawyer says:

    Now imagine if they had made really practical plug-in cars instead of an extremely expensive & impractical sports car and a polarizing commuter car with suicide doors, only 4 seats, rear-windows that don’t roll down, a short electric range, and REx with a tiny gas tank.

    1. Johnmb says:

      There i3 is the perfect EV for me.. With nothing polarizing.. Plenty of room and comfort, luxury amenities, adequate range, affordable, easy access to rear seating area, comfortable seating for four, outstanding performance and maneuverability, highly efficient performance, one pedal driving, roomy for storage with back seats down, latest audio technology with bluetooth connect for internet music streaming, fantastic leather heated seats, visibility excellent with hugh front windsheild, outstanding safety in carbon fiber life module, the most energy efficient tires on the market, and built with the least environmental impact… To name a just a few of it unique features.

      It will not work for folks who need to drive cross country.. Who commute over 40+ miles one way, who have a large family, or three dogs.. But for a first entry into the EV market place it is a fantastic starting point!

      1. Pichel says:

        We love our i3 REx – clocked up 12k miles in 9 months so far. We live in a rural area and use it for 80% of our local journeys now. Saves us £60 per month in fuel, when compared to our previous 2-ICE household. We’re a family of 4 and the kids love the i3; they are disappointed when we have to resort to the Nissan Family Tractor (Diesel) for longer or journeys in parallel. Whilst the i3 might not be for everyone (which car is?), it ticks many boxes for us.

  4. Bret says:

    I’m with you on this one. I was really excited when this car was in development, but the production i3 was a huge disappointment to me. The funky styling, lack of range and neutered REx undermined what could have been a fantastic global EV.

    Hopefully, BMW will make the necessary improvements in time to compete with the Bolt, LEAF 2 and Model 3.