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Audi Ag., the German premium automaker has announced that will unveil three new vehicles at the 2012 the Audi RS Q3 concept and another show car based on the Audi Q3.

China is a big deal for Audi, where it is a premium car sales leader — thanks, in part, to a long history of being on the important list of government-approved vehicles for use by state officials.

China passed the United States in 2009 in number of vehicles sold, and sales last year totalled 18.5 million vehicles.

However after a forecast-busting 35 per cent increase in 2010, vehicle sales rose just 2.5 per cent last year to 18.5m, including a 5.2 per rise in passenger car sales to 14.5m, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Manufacturers forecast steady increases in Chinese sales, with 30m units a year in view in around 2020.