UK sports car maker Aston Martin expects double-digit sales growth this year, helped by the brand's expansion in China.
"Our sales situation in 2012 will not be significantly different from last year. The exception is that we have gained China as a major market," Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez told Automotive News Europe.
"With our 10 dealers in China, I expect additional sales of roughly 700 cars there, with the other markets remaining constant," Bez said in an interview
In 2011, Aston Martin sold 4,200 cars worldwide. The brand's all-time high was 7,400 units in 2007.
Bez said he has achieved his early goal of expanding the brand's sales beyond its UK home market. When he became Aston Martin CEO in 2000, the brand's annual sales were 800 cars, of which 700 were sold in the UK.
"My goal was to sell a third of our cars in Europe and another third in America," he said. "We have achieved that. Some 80 percent of our sales are now outside of the UK."