Audi Global Sales up 0.8% in January image

Volkswagen’s luxury car brand Audi Thursday said global car sales increased 0.8 percent at 96, 100 vehicles, despite significantly more difficult underlying conditions in certain markets.

The success of the new A6 and continued high growth in the United States (up 19.7 percent) contributed notably to the 0.8 percent increase, the company said.

“Even though headwinds in some European markets have become significantly stronger recently, all signals point to growth,” Audi board member Peter Schwarzenbauer said in a statement on Thursday.

Deliveries in China also once again increased at a clear double-digit rate of 22.6 percent. In Europe, on the other hand, the change in the Audi A4 model, the highest volume model line for the Ingolstadt-based company, made itself clearly felt: sales fell here by 13.0 percent to about 45,900 units.

In the United States, Audi reported its 13th straight record-setting month of sales with 9,354 vehicles sold in January 2012, topping the 7,812 vehicles sold in January 2011. In the States, January results were buoyed by strong performance in the C and D segments, with sales for the technologically advanced Audi A6 increasing 90% over 2011, the Audi Q7 luxury SUV sales increasing 15%.

Sales for

AUDI AG

In the month of January
2012 2011 Change from 2011
World 96,100 95,359 +0.8%
Europe 45,900 52,788 -13.0%
- Germany 13,067 13,381 -2.3%
- UK 8,565 9,856 -13.1%
- Italy 3,625 5,006 -27.6%
- France 4,009 4,805 -16.6%
- Spain 2,535 4,097 -38.1%
- Russia 1,440 1,205 +19.5%
United States 9,354 7,812 +19.7%
Brazil 380 306 +24.2%
Asia-Pacific 33,200 27,291 +21.8%
- China
(incl. Hong Kong)
27,206 22,196 +22.6%
- India 667 480 +39.0%

Note: AUDI AG will announce the financial results for the 2011 fiscal year at its Annual Press Conference on March 1, 2012.