Board member says BMW to cut production cost per vehicle by 25%

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A logo of German luxury carmaker BMW, is seen ahead of the company's annual news conference in Munich, Germany, March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Michael Dalder/File Photo

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FRANKFURT, June 21 (Reuters) - BMW (BMWG.DE) plans significant production cost cuts by the middle of the decade, one of the German carmaker's board members said, in a bid to become more competitive with Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE), Daimler (DAIGn.DE) and Tesla (TSLA.O).

"We will lower the production costs per vehicle by 25% by 2025 - compared with the level in 2019," Milan Nedeljkovic, BMW's board member in charge or production, was quoted as saying by German newspaper Handelsblatt.

Last month BMW said it remained on course to meet its profit targets for 2021, despite rising raw material costs, although a global chip shortage will worsen and may hit production in the second quarter. read more

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Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Editing by Alexander Smith

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