WASHINGTON -- Paced by the 3-series, which racked up sales of 106,000 units by November 30, BMW AG is sprinting to an all-time volume record in 2001. Sales of the 3-series already exceed the 100,000 total cars BMW sold in the U.S. in 1996. Tom Purves, CEO of BMW of North America Inc., says it took his company 20 years to reach 100,000 units annually, but only five years to crash through the 200,000 total in 2001. He forecasts the company will reach 300,000 units annually in another five ...

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