According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, German automakers will focus on the United States for boosting local production this year and next, tapping reviving demand in the world’s second-largest car market as Europe keeps struggling.
PwC, one of the world’s top audit firms said the number of passenger cars assembled by German manufacturers in the US might rise almost 12 % this year to over 700,000 vehicles. That’s the highest rate of output growth projected for German carmakers in any world market, PwC said, adding that US output may even rise by 30 % in 2015.
“The dynamics of growth (at German manufacturers) have returned to the U.S.,” said Felix Kuhnert, a regional head at PwC’s automotive division.
Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz division will start assembling the new C-Class sedan at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based plant this year while Volkswagen’s Audi brand will shift production of the Q5 SUV from Germany to a new factory in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico from 2016.
German auto production in China, the world’s biggest car market, may rise only 3 % this year, after surging by 20 % or 600,000 vehicles in 2012, PwC said. Global production by the entire industry may rise 5.8 % to 87.4 million passenger cars and light vehicles, according to PwC.