BMW Group reported this week the automotive giant saw an almost 6 percent increase in worldwide March sales.

BMW said Wednesday in a press release it delivered a total 254,862 cars worldwide in March, a 5.9 increase compared to the previous year.

The company’s three premium brands – BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce – also reported a 5.3 percent increase compared to the previous year, with a total 587,237 cars delivered.

“We’ve achieved a strong start to the year, with our X-family models and the BMW 7 Series being the main growth drivers,” Dr. Ian Robertson, member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Brand BMW, said in a statement. “March was the first full sales month for the new BMW 5 Series Sedan and the customer feedback for this benchmark car is already very positive.”

BMW sales increased 5.3 percent in March, with a total 212,093 vehicles delivered. MINI sales grew 8.7 percent, with 42,447 cars delivered.

In March, deliveries of the BMW X5, produced in BMW’s Manufacturing Plant in Greer, were up 20.7 percent.

Roberston said BMW’s electrified vehicles also continue to show strong growth, with nearly 20,000 cars sold in the first quarter.

“Meaning we’re on track to achieve our target of 100,000 electrified vehicle sales this year,” he said. “As we start the biggest model offensive this company has ever undertaken, I’m confident 2017 will be another record year for the BMW Group, retaining our leading position in the industry.”