U.S. Auto Sales: Audi sales up 20% in December; 2011 volume up 15.7% image

Audi USA on Wednesday announced record U.S. sales of 117, 561 vehicles sold in 2011, eclipsing the prior record of 101,629 vehicles sold in 2010. In December, the Germans sold 12,655 vehicles – a 20% increase over the same period last year.

“Another record year of sales reinforces the Audi position in the U.S. market, as consumers increasingly choose Audi over other luxury competitors,” said Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen.

“In 2012, Audi will continue to capture a significant share of the premium luxury market with exceptionally engineered vehicles.”

The company said its A8 sales rose 275% YTD to 5,700 units while A6 and A7 December sales marked the best month for both models in 2011.

The sporty TT reported sales of 216 vehicles in December – up 238%.

Audi said TDI mix remains very strong: 55% of total A3 sales YTD and 41% of total Q7 sales YTD were TDI clean diesel models.

A total of 13.6 million vehicles will be sold in 2012, Edmunds.com predicted, a rise of some 800,000 models from the 12.8 million predicted to be sold in 2011.