BMW has tied payments for management to raises its rank and file workers receive, board member and HR chief Harald Krueger told weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, reacting to the debate about bonus payments.

"We are making sure that the gap doesn't widen any further," Krueger was quoted as saying, according to Dow Jones, adding that the pay gap would even shrink in tougher times.

"We have intrinsically motivated employees, not folks that need to be lured by a carrot," he added.