BMW AG’s global sales increased 3 percent in April with demand led by its 3-series convertible, the company said on Tuesday.

The Munich-based automaker sold a combined 118,456 cars last month, up 3 per cent from April 2006 from its three brands BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce.

The sales of BMW 3-series convertibles were 5,189 units compared with 2,562 units last April, while its 3-series coupe sold nearly fourfold from 1,817 achieved a year ago, to 6,819.

Sports Activity Vehicle BMW X5 had an increase of 45.6 percent in unit sales from 5,941 last April to 8,635. The 5-series rose nearly one per cent with 18,254 units, compared to 18,096 a year ago.

The company’s new generation Mini increased 19.2 per cent from 15,323 units last April to 18,263.

Roll-Royce motor cars sold 52 Phantoms in April, 2 per cent increase from a year ago, and 12,320 motorcycles, 1 per cent increase from a year ago.