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BMW, Mercedes Shorten Christmas Breaks on production demand

News | November 23rd, 2010 by 9
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Bloomberg reports that BMW and Mercedes-Benz will shorten Christmas breaks at their factories because of surging demand for new models. BMW’s German plants in Dingolfing …

Bloomberg reports that BMW and Mercedes-Benz will shorten Christmas breaks at their factories because of surging demand for new models.

BMW’s German plants in Dingolfing and Leipzig produces the new 5 Series, respectively one of the top sellers SUV in Europe, the X1. BMW is said to keep the plants open over the holidays. In 2009, the plants closed down for about three weeks. At Dingolfing, BMW’s largest plant, the automaker produces the 5-Series, 6 and 7-Series models. The X1 and 1 Series Hatchback are assembled in Leipzig.

Mercedes will operate similarly at its Hamburg plant which supplies parts to vehicles including the Mercedes E- and S-Class sedans.
BMW, Mercedes Shorten Christmas Breaks on production demand

As seen in the recent sales number, the premium automobiles market is recovering from the financial crisis in 2009 and partially 2009. BMW and Mercedes each target sales growth of more than 10 percent this year.

In a phone interview for Bloomberg, Michael Rebstock, a spokesman for BMW, said:

“Production capacity is the limiting factor at the moment. We are producing as much as we can and are happy for every additional shift we can get.”

Some BMW factories will still stop production around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to carry out necessary maintenance and to restock supplies, Rebstock said.

This year we’re keeping the breaks as short as possible, while last year we had them as long as possible,” he said.

BMW, including the MINI and Rolls-Royce brands, increased sales worldwide by 13 percent to 1.19 million vehicles through October.

[Source: Bloomberg ]

  • plaxico

    hard working brothers

  • wazon8

    Good new that they sell as many cars as they’re able to produce.

  • bob

    What’s the situation with Audi?

    • Babken

      Why do you ask? Audi is a cheap alternative to BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

      • bob

        JOOC, mainly. Also, according to some of the blowhards here, Audi will overtake BMW as global #1 premium maker THIS YEAR. If so, then, there would be reports of Audi’s factories working at full tilt.

        Personally, I suspect that Audi’s situation is similar to BMW’s & Daimler’s. But, if it’s not, there’s no chance of them surpassing BMW anytime soon.

  • Steve

    That’s very very true. My cousin would’ve got a new z4 for his next car, but instead he’s ordered a four pot turbo audi TT just because it is cheaper :)

  • http://www.spford.com/ Ford Dallas

    I think the increase in production is a big sign that the economy is taking an upwards swing and consumers are more willing to spend; a good thing overall.

  • Wooo hoo.

    LOL, there’s gonna be some pissed off Germans. I suppose that they can offset it with more Weinachts’ Geld.(Bigger Bonus)

  • empower

    WOOO HOO WHATS YOU PROBLEM. THEY HAVE JOBS WITH THE CHANCE OF OVERTIME WHATS THE JOKE

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