BERLIN (Reuters) – Daimler (OTC:)’s China gross sales will keep sturdy next year, the carmaker’s China chief stated on Thursday, including he was assured that Mercedes-Benz might develop its share of the nation’s electrical automobile market given little competitors within the premium automotive phase.
Its automotive gross sales in China jumped 12% final year to a document 774,000 regardless of the pandemic, and over 8% development has been registered this year to date, Hubertus Troska instructed journalists.
“Everything speaks for the fact that China will be a super market next year as well,” Troska stated.
Daimler’s market share of electrical automobile gross sales remains to be small in China, Troska stated, the place it competes with quite a few Chinese electrical automobile makers from Xpeng (NYSE:) to Li Auto and Nio (NYSE:) in addition to U.S. EV big Tesla (NASDAQ:).
However, most Chinese corporations promote within the value vary of 35,000 euros ($39,270) or much less, Troska stated, beneath Daimler’s vary.
With the variety of Daimler EV fashions on the market within the nation set to develop from one to 5 next year, Daimler might be in a position to higher set up itself within the greater-priced premium automotive phase, he stated.
Still, demand for fossil-gas burning vehicles is probably going to final for a while in China, Troska stated, pointing to the massive swathes of the nation exterior city centres the place charging infrastructure could possibly be tougher to come by.
“It’s a huge country, so in my view there will still be internal combustion engine cars in China for some time,” Troska stated.
Daimler has stated that each one new automobile platforms from 2025 might be electrical, with a view to producing all-electrical solely by 2030 the place market situations enable.
China, which is the world’s largest automotive market and is liable for a 3rd of Daimler’s revenues, has to date kept away from following Europe in setting dates for bans on manufacturing of fossil-gas emitting vehicles.
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