expects the global premium car market to grow more than twice as fast as overall auto sales this year, the carmaker’s finance chief has told a German newspaper.
“Around the world, we see market growth of four per cent and more than eight per cent in the premium market,” Friedrich Eichiner told Sueddeutsche Zeitung in an interview published yesterday.
He said he sees the European car market remaining flat this year, while the US and China offer growth opportunities.
Eichiner added that BMW would be able to cope with some economic headwinds by having workers take time off in lieu of overtime worked.
And while the world’s biggest premium car maker is committed to the German market, it will produce more and more vehicles where the demand is, in Latin America, India and China.
“We will make a final decision on Brazil in the coming weeks. After that we could look at other sites. It is also possible that we expand existing plants,” Eichiner said.
Asked about BMW’s investment in carbon fibre maker SGL, Eichiner said the carmaker had no plans to further raise its stake. Last month, SGL said BMW’s stake in the company had grown to 15.7 per cent.
“There are currently no plans to do that, we feel comfortable with our holding,”Eichiner said.