BMW, the world’s largest premium carmaker by volume plans to increase production in China to 200,000 vehicles annually by the end of 2012, Ian Robertson, a member of BMW AG’s management board said on Monday in an interview on the sidelines of the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.
“China’s sales performance plays a significant role in BMW Group’s balanced, worldwide success,” BMW sales chief Ian Robertson said in a speech at the Beijing Auto Show, according to a prepared statement.
BMW’s first-quarter sales surged 37% year-on-year in China to more than 80,000 cars and worldwide were up 11% at more than 425,000 vehicles.
In 2011, BMW Group sold about 1.6 million cars worldwide, and in the first quarter of this year it sold about 426,000, also a record.
“I expect the (Chinese premium) market to ease somewhat from the 30 or so percent last year, but there’s still a degree of upside in the market,” said Robertson