Porsche hopes for records sales again in 2014

German car manufacturer Porsche is hoping to again make record sales of its sports cars and SUVs in 2014 after its global deliveries hit a high in 2013.

Reuters reports that the company’s deliveries to customers increased by 15% last year to 162,145 vehicles. In addition, the figure went up by 23% in December.

2014 sales are expected to be helped by the release of Porsche’s  Macan compact SUV in April. The largest demand for this model will come from the US and China.

According to Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller, China may become the company’s largest market as soon as next year. Currently the US is the biggest market for the cars and American customers bought 5,000 more Porsche vehicles than their Chinese counterparts last year.

However, the number of Porsche dealers in China is expected to rise from 70 to about 100 by 2018.

Mueller said Porsche plans to produce 50,000 Macans a year. He added that the company is considering expanding the model’s production capacity following positive feedback from the public.