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(English) Audi sets March and first-quarter sales records

Audi said today it increased global vehicle sales 3 percent in March to a record 147,700 because of strong demand for its SUVs. The Volkswagen Group subsidiary finished the first-quarter will an all-time high of 369,500 sales, up 6.8 percent on the year-ago period.

Worldwide sales of the Q3 SUV rose 58.2 percent in the quarter to about 28,550 units while the Q5 grew by 15.6 percent in the same period to about 56,350 units, Audi said in a statement.

Sales in Audi’s core European market fell 3.2 percent last month to 82,800 vehicles, but the luxury carmaker was able to finish the quarter with a 0.7 percent gain to 187,600 vehicles.

Audi benefited from an 8.0 percent rise in UK sales last month to 24,913 vehicles as well as a March increase in Russia of 10.3 percent to 3,753 vehicles. Those results helped Audi have strong first-quarter sales gains in the UK (up 9.7 percent to 39,242) and Russia (up 15.7 percent to 8,278).

In Germany, Audi’s March sales fell 1.7 percent to 24,701 vehicles by its first-quarter sales were up 2.0 percent to 59,116.

The world’s second-largest premium car manufacturer expects to keep growing.

“We want to continue this positive sales trend over the next months, too,” Audi sales boss Luca de Meo said in the statement.

A key to the future growth will be the new A3 Sportback, de Meo said, adding that the automaker is pleased with sales of the compact-sized wagon following its market debut in February.

9.duben 2013