TOKYO -- Germany's BMW expects sales in Asia to break the 100,000-vehicle mark this year, Chief Executive Helmut Panke said at the Tokyo auto show on Wednesday
"This year we expect to sell more than 100,000 vehicles all over Asia," the head of the world's biggest premium auto maker told reporters. Sales reached 81,000 in the first nine months.
Hitting 100,000 would be up from 95,000 retail sales in Asia last year and keep the group well on the way to boosting annual sales in the region to 150,000 by 2008, he said.
In all, BMW expects group sales to reach 1.4 million units around the world by 2008, up from around 1.3 million this year.
Also on Asia, Panke said BMW's plant in Thailand would start to assemble the BMW X3 SUV early next year, at first for the domestic market but perhaps later for export.