Smiles in Ingolstadt and Wolfsburg, where Audi contributes 40 percent of Volkswagen Group’s profits: Audi’s global sales climbed 13.6 percent in September to 136,600 units delivered worldwide. 1,097,500 cars were sold in the first nine months, 12.8 percent more than in the prior-year period.
|Global Sales Audi September 2012|
Speaking of China: Remember when everybody predicted the imminent demise of foreign luxury cars in China, because the Chinese government would only buy domestic? TTAC was among the very few that did not buy the story. Audi’s sales in China were up 31.4 percent in the first nine months of the year. Despite weak sales in Spain and Italy, Audi’s sales in Europe were up 7.4 percent in September. Sales in the U.S. (+26.5 percent) and China (+20.5%) were especially strong.
PS: Note to global carmakers who want to emulate Audi’s success: Start by emulating the way Audi delivers global sales numbers.