German luxury auto manufacturers Audi showcased three new cars at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. The new models seen are the E-Tron Series A3 sedan, a sports lovers S6 limousine and the Q Series SUV. Audi has seen tremendous success in the Indian auto sector and during 2011 sales increased by 83.5% with sales pegged at 5,511 cars in 2011 as compared to 3,003 cars sold in 2010. In fact Audi received more accolades than even Mercedes Benz and BMW in some quarters this past year, especially where growth of the brand is concerned. For those who were at the Audi pavilion yesterday, a glimpse at Bayern Munich players Thomas Muller, Mario Gomez and Holger Badstuber would have made your day. The Bayern Munich team was in India as opponents for Baichung Bhutia’s football farewell game at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Volkswagen Group Chief Representative India and President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, Dr. John Chacko had this to say. “Despite the volatile market condition, the Volkswagen Group India achieved a high growth in 2011. We sold 1, 11,623 cars in the last year and produced 1,05,535 cars in our Chakan plant in the same time period. We strengthened our presence in India with a growth of 109.3% in sales and a growth of 180% in production at Chakan plant over 2010. The rise in production and sales figures signifies the growing acceptance of the Group in the Indian market as Volkswagen Group cars continue to gain market share in their respective segments. I am confident that our technology, design innovation coupled with dynamic product line will ensure that Volkswagen Group can continue its future growth path in India.”
Michael Perschke, Head of Audi India has likened Indian auto markets to that of China and USA and is sure that in the years to come, this market will reach even greater heights. Offering new vehicles to the Indian auto sector goes to show Audi’s commitment to increasing sales and presence in the Indian auto market. At the ongoing 2012 Detroit Auto Show, Audi is showcasing the A4 Allroad that boasts of a 2.0 liter TFSI petrol engine with 211 PS and 258 lb/ft torque, and replaces the A4 Avant. There’s also the RS5 facelift powered by a 4.2 liter V8 engine with 450PS and 316 lb/ft torque and the A8 3.0T that runs on a supercharged 3.0 liter V6 engine with 333 PS and 325 lb/ft torque.