From the SCMP:
Brilliance China Automotive Holdings said yesterday it was likely to exceed a sales growth target of 25 per cent for this year, but analysts said the mainland carmaker’s new clean-energy-vehicle project and a product upgrade by rival Mercedes-Benz could pressure short-term profit.
The mainland partner of BMW disclosed at its annual general meeting that sales jumped 25 per cent year on year to 67,000 cars during the first four months of the year. It also forecast that by the end of the year sales could exceed its target of 200,000 units.
However, research and development costs incurred in building an electric car to be marketed early next year have sparked market concerns about the company’s profit margin.
Analysts said it was unlikely to get a quick return on its investment – expected to top 1.5 billion yuan (HK$1.9 billion) this year – because electric cars were not popular yet.