Volkswagen AG may increase its China work force to as many as 85,000 by 2015 from the current 50,000, Karl-Thomas Neumann, CEO of Volkswagen Group China, said in Shanghai Monday.
The automaker's sales growth may outpace the industry through 2018, Neumann said.
China passenger-car sales may increase 8 percent to 12 percent annually over the medium term, he added.
VW's global first-quarter deliveries rose by 13.7 percent to a record 1.97 million vehicles, the automaker announced last week. Sales in China were the strongest, with VW Group reporting deliveries of 548,500 cars, a 19.9 percent increase over the previous year.
VW aims to pass Toyota Motor Corp. as the world's best-selling automaker by 2018. In 2010, VW group sold a record 7.14 million units, ranking it third behind General Motors Co. with 8.39 million and Toyota with 8.42 million.