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I just took a look at the automotive sales numbers for September. It was a good month for Lexus and a horrible month for BMW. Lexus sold 16,888 cars (compared to 13,674 in September of 1999).

BMW only sold 4,760 cars this September (compared to 8,610 car in September 1999). The 3-series and Z3 both got spanked really bad.

Lexus sold 2,445 IS300s compared to only 1,641 3-series BMWs.

One thing that really caught my attention was the fact that the new Nissan Sentra's sales are almost triple those of the previous body style.
http://www.ai-online.com
 

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Was the new 330i fully available in September? Even those waiting for the 01 325 are still waiting now (closer to is300 price range). Probably October or particularly November sales comparisons might be more useful.
 

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Yeah, in September, the 323 and 328 were mostly gone, the 325 was unavailable, and the 330 was very limited. The Z3 never sells very well, but especially not with winter coming.
 

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Viggen,

I don't know what you're smoking, but according to the BMW press release, they sold 7532 3-Series cars during September. 3694 of them were 323i/325i/328i/330i sedans. Which is a lot more than the IS sold.
In fact, there are about an equal amount of 330Ci coupe and convertibles sold by BMW in September - 2437. That's not even counting all those 323, 325 and whatevers out there.

A total of 14494 BMWs were sold:
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/10-03-2000/0001328947&EDATE=
 

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I just checked out that automotive industry webpage and they fail to mention a lot of the 3-series models.. the number there only indicates sales of the 323i and 328i.. it doesnt list all the other models that the press release does.. so BMW still sold more 3-series in September..
 

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I think taminla sounds right
considering that bmw 3 series comes in so many different models (with in the 3 series 323,325,328,330, sedan,coupe,converitble) of course it will have a bigger sell figure than a car that only has 1 model (is300 sedan).

that's like comparing the sale figure of 12 (4x3) different car to one car
 

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Off topic but..

Taminla,

Are you a TAM in Los Angeles, or does your name mean something else ? if it does.. forgive me.. I still have work on my mind..
 
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