BMW Accumulation affairs to advertise added than 2 actor cars and SUVs this year as appeal grows in China and the United States.
Two-month accumulation deliveries, including the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, rose about 7 percent, propelled by a 9 percent jump at the BMW nameplate, CEO Norbert Reithofer said on Tuesday at a Geneva auto appearance columnist briefing.
BMW is presenting a fresh bunched van dubbed the 2-series Active Tourer in Geneva, as able-bodied as the 4-series coupe, a archetypal based on its acknowledged 3-series sedan. It is additionally assuming the most contempo versions of its M3 and M4 high-performance models.
To accommodated approaching demand, BMW will charge an added bulb in North America and affairs to aggrandize its two Chinese factories, Reithofer said.
BMW, forth with rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz, are all targeting at atomic a fourth afterwards year of almanac deliveries in 2014 and are abacus accomplishment accommodation alfresco Europe as sales advance away makes up for a brackish bazaar in their home region.
Group sales from BMW rose 6 percent in 2013 to 1.96 actor cars and SUVs, with the namesake cast announcement 1.66 actor deliveries, an 8 percent gain. Audi, which ranks additional in exceptional sales common afterwards BMW, added deliveries 8 percent aftermost year to 1.58 million. Advance at the Mercedes cast outpaced appeal assets at the two beyond competitors, with sales jumping 11 percent to 1.46 actor vehicles.
BMW affairs to add accommodation at its plants in Tiexi and Dadong in China, Reithofer said. The carmaker additionally builds SUVs at a branch it set up 20 years ago in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Chinese and U.S. barter are accepted to sustain appeal assets this year, Reithofer said. Those markets bedeviled auto-industry sales advance in 2013, while appeal in European fell a sixth afterwards year to a two-decade low amidst a sovereign-debt crisis.
Mercedes’ arch Dieter Zetsche predicted on Tuesday that “there will not be a fast accretion in Europe, but a longer-term development,” abacus that ”there are absolute signals alike from southern Europe.”
Mercedes may adjudge in 12 months on abacus a North American plant, Zetsche said at a abstracted conference in Geneva.
Daimler is announcement a auto alternative of the top-of-the-line Mercedes S-class car range, introducing the V-class van and putting a fresh adaptation of its mid-sized C-class auto on appearance in Europe for the aboriginal time in Geneva.
Audi is introducing a accommodate of its iconic TT auto at the Geneva event.
Sales of BMW’s fresh i3 electric burghal car may outstrip assembly capacity, Reithofer said on Tuesday, abacus that U.S. dealers at a contempo affair were additionally upbeat about the constituent amalgam i8 sports car that will activate sales after this year, cogent the architect they could advertise every one of the archetypal produced.