BERLIN, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- German carmaker Daimler AG closed 2013 with record sales, revenue and net profit, and anticipated significant growth in 2014, the company said Thursday.
Global delivery for the owner of Mercedes-Benz brand rose to 2.35 million units in 2013 from 2.2 million units in 2012. Revenue increased by 3 percent to 118 billion euros (159.57 billion U.S. dollars). Net profit climbed to a record 8.7 billion euros (11.77 billion dollars) from 6.8 billion euros (9.19 billion dollars) in 2012.
"Daimler is in very good condition. Our prospects for the future also make us confident that we will achieve our ambitious goals in all our divisions," said Dieter Zetsche, Daimler AG chairman and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Daimler anticipated global demand for cars would grow in 2014 by 4 to 5 percent. China would continue to be the biggest contributor to global market growth. The range of models would be expanded in the country and the dealer network would be further expanded outside the mega-cities.
Based on assumptions concerning the development of automotive markets and the divisions' planning, Daimler assumed it would achieve further significant growth in total sales and revenue in 2014.
"On the basis of what we initiated in 2013, we can look to 2014 and the following years with confidence," Zetsche said.