Audi Looks to Set Sales Records in U.S. and Worldwide
Date: Monday, July 17 @ 17:35:31 UTC
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 17 -- Audi is positioned to set
a sales record both in the United States and worldwide if the first half of
2006 is any indication. In the U.S., both new vehicle and Certified
Pre-Owned (CPO) sales are ahead of last year's pace.
Through June, Audi of America, Inc. sales increased 7.3 percent over
the first half of 2005. New car sales figures for the first half of 2006
were released June 1 and totaled 40,455 units. Robust sales of the A3, A4,
A6 and Audi Q7 model lines have helped contribute to the record sales pace.
AUDI AG recently announced that worldwide sales through June reached
463,500 units, a 9.8 percent increase over 2005's record setting
"Audi has made great progress during 2006," said Johan de Nysschen,
Executive Vice President of Audi of America, Inc. "U.S. consumer and media
reaction to our new vehicles has been outstanding, and we are on course to
set a sales record this year. Sales in the United States alone has
accounted for nearly nine percent of AUDI AG's worldwide sales this year.
With the Audi Q7 performance SUV now on sale -- a vehicle specifically
designed for the U.S. market -- I think we can make an even larger
contribution to company's global growth."
CPO sales in the U.S. have also reached record levels. With 12,178
total sales, Audi CPO sales increased 5.0 percent over last year. The
majority of Audi CPO sales have been to customers in the west and east
coasts, yet the southern and central regions have shown impressive gains of
22.0 percent and 7.0 percent respectively over 2005 CPO sales. A4 models
show the largest increase for 2006 with 5,682 CPO sales, a 6.7 percent
increase over last year. A8 CPO sales have also been strong at 487 units, a
3.2 percent increase.
Audi's history in America dates to 1969, when the brand was first
introduced to the U.S. market. Today, a network of over 260 Audi dealers
currently offers a line of premium vehicles that include the nimble Audi
A3; the sporty A4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high performance
S4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high-revving RS 4 sports sedan;
the design-leading A6 sedan and Avant; the all-new Audi Q7 performance SUV;
the all-aluminum Audi A8; and the award-winning TT Coupe and Roadster.
Audi of America
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