FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Daimler today said that Hubertus Troska, a top executive in its Mercedes-Benz trucks unit, will take over a newly-created portfolio for China to boost the car maker's flagging business in the world's largest auto market.
Daimler has been struggling for some time to improve distribution networks in China, weighing on regional deliveries of Mercedes cars, which fell 6.6 percent in November to 16,876 units.
By contrast, German rivals BMW and Audi have long been posting double-digit gains in vehicle sales in the lucrative Chinese market, extending their global lead over Daimler.
"We are underscoring the strategic importance of China for Daimler," Daimler Chairman Manfred Bischoff said in a statement. "We continue to see great potential there for sustained growth and the continuous expansion of our business."