By Daniel Hunter

German car manufacturer BMW has beaten profit expectations for the first quarter.

Underlying profits rose 20% to €2.52bn ($2.84bn; £1.85bn) and revenues grew by 14.7% to €20.9bn.

BMW said the rise comes from strong growth in sales of its SUV models in North America and Europe.

The German car giant said it expects growth to remain strong for the remainder of the year.