Mercedes to produce 1.25 million vehicles this year – forecast image

Daimler Ag., on Friday said the brand expects to produce more than 1.25 million units in 2011 – representing another record result in the company’s 125-year history.

In addition, the automaker said all its production plants continue to operate at near full capacity, thanks to an ongoing positive sales trend.

The high production output was also made possible through the introduction of additional shifts, which were agreed with the works council. In addition, the plants continued to operate worldwide throughout the summer months so that all customer requirements could be met, and production lines will be shut down as briefly as possible during the holidays at the turn of the year.

“Because of the positive sales development, we’ll only have short factory breaks at the end of the year,” Martin Steinlehner, a Daimler spokesman, was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.

Last time, Daimler AG’s (DAI.XE) Mercedes Benz reported an increase of 8.9% on the year in global car sales for November to 122,325 units for the group, said it sold more cars in China than in any month before.

All luxury automakers posted record November sales in China. Audi grew 69 percent, Mercedes rose 24 percent and BMW gained 9.8 percent. Back in Europe, demand for luxury vehicles dropped 1.4 percent in October.