FRANKFURT Dec 8 German carmaker Daimler
is to become this year's biggest and most profitable
luxury car maker, its chief executive said on Thursday.
"We will achieve it this year, four years ahead of time,"
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said at an economic conference in
Frankfurt, referring to the company's 2020 target of becoming
the world's biggest premium carmaker.
The company had announced the goal in 2011 and Zetsche said
back then everyone was laughing at the announcement.
Daimler's passenger car unit Mercedes Benz was on track for
full-year sales of more than two million cars, Zetsche said,
putting it ahead of rivals Audi and BMW.
(Reporting by Tina Bellon; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)