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      05-23-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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E46 M3 Sold more than E9X M3s!

I have always been under the assumption that the latest Ms sold better than their predecessors. But then I was reading an article and saw this sales chart for M3s for the past 10+ years. Clearly the LCI e46M3s were the best sellers - but they were cheaper as well. Just thought I'd share.



Calendar year Total production US sales
1995 54,720[13]
1996 50,248
1997 337,800[14] -
1998 376,900[14] -
1999 454,000[14] 77,138[15]
2000 509,007[14] 89,681
2001 533,952[14] 103,227[16]
2002 561,249[14] 115,428
2003 528,358[14] 111,944[17]
2004 449,732[14] 106,549[18]
2005 434,342[14] 106,950[19]
2006 508,479[14] 120,180
2007 555,219[20] 142,490
2008 474,208[21] 112,464
2009 397,103[22] 90,960[23]
2010 399,009[24] 100,910
2011 94,371[25]
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Yep that doesn't surprise me. Dont forget the economy wasn't doing too well during the E9x era either.
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What are those random numbers you have listed??

Those certainly are not the number of M3s sold by year.
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I have always been under the assumption that the latest Ms sold better than their predecessors. But then I was reading an article and saw this sales chart for M3s for the past 10+ years. Clearly the LCI e46M3s were the best sellers - but they were cheaper as well. Just thought I'd share.



Calendar year Total production US sales
1995 54,720[13]
1996 50,248
1997 337,800[14] -
1998 376,900[14] -
1999 454,000[14] 77,138[15]
2000 509,007[14] 89,681
2001 533,952[14] 103,227[16]
2002 561,249[14] 115,428
2003 528,358[14] 111,944[17]
2004 449,732[14] 106,549[18]
2005 434,342[14] 106,950[19]
2006 508,479[14] 120,180
2007 555,219[20] 142,490
2008 474,208[21] 112,464
2009 397,103[22] 90,960[23]
2010 399,009[24] 100,910
2011 94,371[25]
1) I think you should quote the link where you got those numbers from. Hard to understand from your list what it actually means.

2) The US is not the only place where the M3 has been or is sold. So to be fair you need to look at the rest of the world ... it's a big world out there as you well know
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If you guys read it again, it shows Total Production as the first number and US Sales as the second number.
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If you guys read it again, it shows Total Production as the first number and US Sales as the second number.
Right. You really think BMW sold 100K M3s in 2010? That would mean BMW sold 25% more M3s that year than Dodge sold Chargers in the US. Not buying it.

http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2011/01...s-figures.html

Looks like the OP is quoting TOTAL 3-series sales volumes.
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Right. You really think BMW sold 100K M3s in 2010? That would mean BMW sold 25% more M3s that year than Dodge sold Chargers in the US and Canada combined. Not buying it.

http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2011/01...s-figures.html
Just reading what it said.
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2010 399,009[24] 100,910
2011 94,371[25]
According to autoblog.com (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/04/2...pward-edition/), BMW sold 247,773 cars in the US in 2011 and 220,113 in 2010. Based on that, as well as the fact the 2007 had no US M3s (whereas this shows 142k), I wouldn't be surprised if these numbers were for all 3-Series.
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that's actually a good thing for E9x owners
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2008 was probably one of the hardest years for the entire country, if not the world. Financial markets crashed, people lost a lot of money, not to mention national debt, goverment spending cuts....
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1) I think you should quote the link where you got those numbers from. Hard to understand from your list what it actually means.

2) The US is not the only place where the M3 has been or is sold. So to be fair you need to look at the rest of the world ... it's a big world out there as you well know
The 1st set of numbers are total production. 2nd set of numbers are US sales.
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The 1st set of numbers are total production. 2nd set of numbers are US sales.
So.....those numbers have nothing to do with M3 sales....other than M3 sales must be less....?
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These numbers seem way to high to be M3 sales

Something does not add up. I've read somewhere that total E46 M3 volumes were in the 85,000 range, E36 M3 in the 70k range and the E30 M3 in the 16k... Don't know about the E9X totals yet as prod has not ended.

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The OP is clueless. Those are clearly not M3 sales. 142,000 US M3s in 2007? I believe the actual number is ZERO.
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The OP is clueless. Those are clearly not M3 sales. 142,000 US M3s in 2007? I believe the actual number is ZERO.
Thanks for injecting some sanity into this discussion. Those numbers posted are clearly NOT for the M3. I believe the target for the E9x M3 was ~100k cars worldwide (sedans, coupes, and convertibles), for the entire production run? At least, I remember reading this in the past.
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