Volkswagen AG’s premium brand Audi has enjoyed a great first half of the year, with a double-digit percentage growth in deliveries, both in June and for the six-month period.
The Ingolstadt-based company announced its January-June deliveries rose 11% to a new record high of 869,350 units, buoyed mainly by strong demand for the A3 compact line-up. June’s sales also grew 11% for the sixth double-digit percentage jump in seven months, reaching 155,450 autos. That compares to third placed runner-up Mercedes-Benz, who late last week revealed it sold 142,136 cars in June thanks to a smaller 8% increase and reached a six-month total of 783,520 units, with a bigger 13% rise.
“In the first half of this year we have already delivered more cars than in the whole of 2005… We will carry forward the momentum from the first half of the year into the second half,” said Audi sales chief Luca de Meo.
Thanks to the recent introduction – in April – of the A3 sedan version in the US, the compact family registrations grew 49% in the first six months to 144,750 cars. China, Audi’s biggest single car market, saw an 18% jump in popularity for the company, with sales of 268,666 units. The core European region had a small, but steady 7% increase in deliveries, reaching 268,666 cars in the first half of the year.
Via Automotive News Europe