FRANKFURT -- Daimler AG, following the lead of some U.S. automakers, will largely refrain from taking a traditional summer break at its car factories.
Vehicles such as the revamped Mercedes-Benz E class are keeping assembly lines busy even as overall European auto demand slides to a 20-year low.
BMW is also either preparing for new models or keeping the factories churning out vehicles to meet robust demand.
"Growth in the U.S. and China more than outbalances the European slowdown for the German carmakers," said Christian Ludwig, an analyst with the German bank Bankhaus Lampe.
In the United States, Ford and Chrysler Group have announced plans to reduce their summer shutdowns because of strong U.S. auto sales.