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Automotive News Europe reports that Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz brand aims to boost production by 13 percent in 2012 to more than 1.4 million passenger vehicles.

The company sees total passenger car output (including Smart and soon-to-be-phased-out Maybach) rising to about 1.52 million next year and about 1.67 million in 2013.

Daimler said in early December it plans to produce more than 1.25 million Mercedes-Benz cars in 2011, a record, and said the company’s plants continue to operate at almost full capacity as demand remains strong.

In China and in the U.S.–Mercedes’ largest markets after Germany–the luxury carmaker posted new sales records in November.

European sales for Mercedes were supported by new models of the high-volume B-Class and the new M-Class, which were launched in November.

However late last month, Daimler itself expressed the risk of global economy falling into recession due to waning confidence.