14.9% sales growth for AUDI AG in August 2012

AUDI has registered an impressive growth of 14.9 percent in August 2012 with over 961,000 customers choosing this brand since the start of the year. During the month of august AUDI registered sales of 108,100 units as compared to figures last year in the same period.

Luxury car models as also the AUDI Q3 and A1 Sportback registered high sales to push these AUDI sales figures to the top. Markets of AUDI in China, America and Europe registered 24%, 13% and 8% growth respectively. The A3 didn’t see many takers, but there are many who after going through reviews are choosing to opt for this model. The new AUDI A3 and redesigned Q5 will be the showstoppers for the car brand in European markets.

Apart from the Chinese, American and European markets AUDI also stood on firm ground in the markets of Spain, Switzerland and Russia. Rising demand by customers for the Q3, A1 Sportback and A6 Avant is the main reason for rise in sales for AUDI.

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“The A3 is arriving at just the right time, for Europe as well as for the United States and China. We want to grow significantly in their premium compact segments with the A3 model family in the coming years,” says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.

Audi continues to grow in all regions around the world: Deliveries in August increased by 14.9 percent on the corresponding prior-year month to reach some 108,100 automobiles. This means approximately 961,000 customers have chosen Audi since the beginning of the year, an increase of 12.7 percent. The past month’s growth was driven by strong sales figures for the brand’s luxury-class models as well as for the Audi Q3 and A1 Sportback. Growth for Audi was especially evident in China (+24.0%), while August was yet another record month for the brand in the United States as well (+13.0%). Sales figures in Europe were also up 8.0 percent, despite the difficult conditions in several markets and the model changeover of the A3. The new generation of the premium compact car was launched on the first European markets in late August.

“The A3 is arriving at just the right time, for Europe as well as for the United States and China. We want to grow significantly in their premium compact segments with the A3 model family in the coming years,” says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “In total we want to sell considerably more units of the new A3 family during its lifecycle than we did of its very successful predecessor.” To date, Audi has delivered some 1.877 million cars from the predecessor generation of the new A3 to customers. Luca de Meo, who became the Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Marketing and Sales on September 1, 2012, adds: “New models such as the A3 and the updated Q5, which is also being launched at the moment, will make Audi even stronger in the difficult market environment currently prevailing in Europe.”

In Europe, AUDI AG increased its sales by 3.6 percent to some 501,900 units between January and August. The premium manufacturer thus reached the milestone of half a million deliveries on its home continent after just eight months for the first time. All three of Audi’s largest European sales markets contributed to this with growth figures in August: On the German market, the company outperformed sales for August 2011 by 9.0 percent with 20,180 units and attained a record market share of 10 percent, thanks in large part to the A1 Sportback, the Q3 and the A6 Avant. In the United Kingdom, where August is traditionally a low sales month for the entire market, Audi sales figures were up 14.7 percent and 4,144 automobiles were delivered. In France, sales were up 13.8 percent to 3,706 units, confirming Audi’s position as the leading premium brand.

While demand in Italy (-3.9% to 2,408 cars) was below that seen in August 2011, Audi’s delivery figures rose significantly in countries such as Spain (+7.5% to 2,270 cars), Austria (+15.4% to 1,463 cars), Switzerland (+62.5% to 1,661 cars) and Turkey (+42.3% to 1,198 cars). Audi once again achieved particularly strong growth in Russia during the past month: 2,972 premium automobiles delivered to Russian customers represent an increase of 47.9 percent on August 2011. In Russia and in many other markets, the Q3 was a key driver of growth for Audi: Around 52,200 units in total of the compact SUV have already been sold in Europe this year.

In China, the first customers were presented with the keys for their Q3. The brand’s two other SUV models also helped drive the 24.0 percent increase in sales to 34,800 deliveries for Audi on this market in the past month. Demand for the Audi Q7 increased by 39.4 percent on August 2011, while delivery statistics for the Q5 reveal a 34.1 percent increase to 7,316 automobiles. The Audi A7 Sportback was also in strong demand among Chinese customers in August; 1,008 units of the luxury coupe were delivered to China. In total, Audi delivered 261,548 cars in the company’s largest sales market – an increase of 33.1 percent.

Besides China and Russia, the other BRIC markets rose sharply for Audi in August as well: In India, deliveries increased by 42.4 percent in year-on-year comparison to reach 726, while in Brazil they rose 9.8 percent to 550. Audi also posted high double-digit growth rates in South Africa (+35.0% to 1,500 cars) and South Korea (+38.5% to 1,260 units).

In the United States, the recently launched new generations of the A4 and the A5 were particularly driving continued growth: 11,527 sales, an increase of 13.0 percent for Audi of America in August. Sales of the luxury Q7 SUV rose 32.1 percent. Audi’s U.S. deliveries for the first eight months total 88,392 automobiles, equivalent to growth of 17.5 percent. This upward trend was in large part attributable to strong sales growth for the A6 Sedan: Audi sold 11,844 units of the vehicle in the United States between January and August, more than twice as many as in the same prior-year period.

Sales for AUDI AG In August Cumulative total
  2012 2011 Change from 2011 2012 2011 Change from 2011
World 108,100 94,076 +14.9% 961,000 852,961 +12.7%
Europe 47,800 44,234 +8.0% 501,900 484,705 +3.6%
  – Germany 20,180 18,506 +9.0% 178,065 165,020 +7.9%
  – UK 4,144 3,613 +14.7% 79,204 75,128 +5.4%
  – France 3,706 3,258 +13.8% 41,992 41,500 +1.2%
  – Italy 2,408 2,506 -3.9% 34,099 41,023 -16.9%
  – Spain 2,270 2,111 +7.5% 27,141 29,844 -9.1%
  – Russia 2,972 2,010 +47.9% 22,292 15,800 +41.1%
USA 11,527 10,201 +13.0% 88,392 75,256 +17.5%
Mexico 856 667 +28.3% 5,547 4,842 +14.6%
Asia-Pacific 40,500 32,795 +23.4% 308,400 236,500 +30.4%
  – China
(incl. Hong Kong)
34,800 28,068 +24.0% 261,548 196,534 +33.1%
  – India 726 510 +42.4% 5,412 3,655 +48.1%