Mercedes less upbeat than BMW on China sales outlook

April 20 Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:30am EDT

April 20 (Reuters) - Daimler's Mercedes-Benz division expects higher car sales in China this year, though the luxury brand is less upbeat than its German rival BMW.

"We will grow," Hubertus Troska, head of Daimler's China operations, told reporters on Saturday at the Shanghai auto show, without being more specific.

China's premium auto market may expand "at a high single digit or low double digit rate" this year, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said.

Earlier on Saturday, BMW, the world's biggest maker of luxury vehicles, said it expected "upper single-digit" sales growth in China, according to sales chief Ian Robertson. (Writing by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Ron Popeski)

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