When asked if he intended to have more or fewer workers in 2012, Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper: “If anything, more. Perhaps around 500,000.” The company currently has 449,000 employees across the world.
Porsche chairman of the board, Matthias Müller, estimates that the company will see an increase of 10 percent on its current staff level of 12,200. Audi boss Rupert Stadler, meanwhile, told the newspaper that he expected a long-term growth of 10,000 additional employees by 2020.
BMW's Norbert Reithofer said that the staffing levels would depend on future developments, while Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche said that the company had already hired 10,000 new staff in 2011 and did not expect to see any significant increase next year.
Germany's luxury car brands have weathered the global economic downturn well. In September, Zetsche told the magazine Automotive News Europe that Daimler expected to sell 1.35 million cars this year, compared to 1.2 million in 2010.
BMW has already signalled that it expects to see sales of 1.6 million cars this year, while Audi is predicting that it will sell 1.2 million vehicles.