STUTTGART, Germany -- DaimlerChrysler's premium Mercedes Car Group is sticking to its goal of boosting unit sales this year but will not divulge production plans, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.
"We do not comment on output levels," the spokesman said in response to a report in the WirtschaftsWoche business magazine that the division would reduce production in Germany this year by around 100,000 vehicles from nearly 950,000 in 2004.
The report, a summary of which was released ahead of publication on Thursday, cited company sources for the information. It blamed reduced demand for S-class cars ahead of a model changeover and negative publicity over E-class cars.
"We do not comment on such speculation," the spokesman added.
Mercedes Car Group -- which includes the Mercedes-Benz, Smart and Maybach brands -- saw unit sales fall 9 percent in the first two months of the year to 144,200 vehicles amid problems with diesel fuel pumps and customer restraint ahead of the launch of new S-class and M-class models.
The division manufactured nearly 1.25 million vehicles last year around the world.