BMW expects China sales to have double-digital growth this year, according to the new local chief Karsten Engel.
Last year, the automaker's sales in China surged 40.4% to 326,444 units, including 303,169 BMWs and 23,275 Minis.
Engel was recently named president and CEO of BMW Group Region China, succeeding Christoph Stark who held the position for eight years.
"We will continue to grow our local production and introduce more products into China," he said.
"I can leverage my network at BMW for the Chinese market."
BMW now produces the 3 and 5 Series and X1 at its joint venture in Shenyang, Liaoning province . It has two plants in the northeastern city. Their combined annual capacity could reach 300,000 units by the end of this year.
Robertson said a programme to create a new, local brand at the joint venture is well on track and it will come to fruition in one or two months.
He added that BMW plans to launch its i3 electric car in China during the first half of 2014.
By the end of last year, the company had about 360 dealerships in China. It plans to add 50 new outlets this year.
Engel said that the company will help improve competitiveness of its dealer partners as dealership profits on new car sales shrink. After-sales services, the used car business and auto financing will bring huge opportunities, he said.
There are now about 1m BMW cars on the road in China, more than half of them less than two years old, Engel said. Ever-increasing numbers will bring stable and considerable businesses to the dealers across the country, he said.
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