* BMW sees global sales growing 5 to 5.5 pct
* Expects China electric car quota to be toned down
(Adds comments on China electric car quotas)
SHANGHAI, April 19 (Reuters) - BMW Group expects
sales in China to grow around 10 percent this year while global
sales are likely to climb 5 percent to 5.5 percent, BMW board
member for sales and marketing Ian Robertson said at the
Shanghai auto show on Wednesday.
Asked what growth rates he expects for BMW Group, which
includes the Mini brand, in China this year, Robertson said,
"Overall we think it will be 10ish percent."
Robertson also said he expected pricing to remain stable in
China this year as the carmaker prepares to produce a sixth
BMW, together with its Chinese joint-venture partner BMW
Brilliance Automotive Ltd, is currently ramping up production of
its new 5 series sedan after starting Chinese assembly of the
BMW X1 compact sports utility vehicle and a 1-series sedan.
BMW has no need for additional joint venture partners to
ramp up sales expansion, Robertson said.
Robertson further said he expected Chinese authorities to
tone down plans for introducing a quota for electric cars
starting in 2018. Policymakers have demanded car makers meet
sales targets for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid
petrol-electric vehicles of 7 percent in 2020 and 15 percent in
"Do we think it will come at that extreme level? It is
unlikely," Robertson said at a media roundtable.
"Discussions are ongoing with the Chinese government. We
firmly believe this market will have a very strong footing
within electric vehicles, whether it is as early as 2018,
whether it applies to all manufacturers in the same way, is open
The proposed mechanism will combine a corporate average fuel
consumption rating (CAFC) with a credit mechanism for New Energy
Vehicles, where electric vehicle credits can be used to offset
CAFC ratings or be traded.
(Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Edwina Gibbs and