China: Audi Sales up 20,4 pct in June image

Volkswagen’s premium carmaker Audi said it sold 33,309 new vehicles in China in June – up 20,4 percent compared with the prior-year month.

In addition, the German automaker said Thursday sales in China and Hong Kong during the first half of the year jumped 38% from a year earlier, primarily due to the popularity of its sports utility vehicle Audi Q5.

“Audi therefore continues to be the bestselling premium brand in China,” stated Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management for Marketing and Sales at AUDI AG: “We intend to remain on this successful path in 2012 and to continue our double-digit growth.”

The locally produced SUV, the Audi Q5, actually achieved growth of 86,7 percent to 43,150 unit sales, confirming its position as the market leader in its segment. Sales of the A4 L increased to 51,131 units (plus 42,9 percent).

Sales of imported cars (excluding Hong Kong) grew by 36,2 percent to 35,062 units. The Audi A8 L achieved sales of 8,761 units or plus 83,2 percent compared with the prior-year period.

At the end of July, the company will debut its Audi Q3 model in China as an import vehicle.