Sunday, January 9, 2011
Historic record year for AUDI AG
• Around 1,092,400 cars sold worldwide in 2010 – up 15 percent
• A record 101,629 cars delivered in the United States
• Sales chief Schwarzenbauer: “We are bringing the TDI clean diesel to the executive class in the United States”
• T.C.Y. Motors Audi division sales up 97% with Audi Q5 as top selling model in Brunei
AUDI AG sold around 1,092,400 cars in the past year, exceeding the Company’s annual sales forecasts, and thus recorded its best ever year in terms of sales. In China, Audi sold a record 227,938 units; in the United States, the brand achieved sales surpassing the 100,000 mark for the first time.
“We have set a historic sales record on the US-market, while achieving the best earnings in the United States in a long time,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management for Marketing and Sales at AUDI AG. “In the next few years we will bring our successful TDI clean diesel technology to the executive class: We will offer our US customers TDI engines also in the new generation of the Audi A6 and A8. This will significantly bolster our position in this segment.”
The company had already announced the goal of doubling its proportion of executive-class cars sold in the United States with the introduction of the Audi A7 Sportback and the new generation of its A6 and A8 models.
Audi also achieved record sales in the Chinese market, with demand growing considerably faster than expected. This led to Audi dealerships running low on cars at the end of the year. In all, the company delivered 227,938 cars to customers between January and December, 43.4 percent more than during the previous year. In December Audi handed 18,186 cars over to their buyers.
In Germany – as expected – the new Audi A1 helped the Ingolstadt-based carmaker to finish the year strongly. Corporate business, which is again on the upswing, also contributed to increased sales in December. With 23,950 units, AUDI AG sold 36.4 percent more cars than during the same month last year. Sales figures for the entire year, with 229,157 units sold, were slightly above the results for 2009, despite the impact of the scrappage bonus.
Sales in December also rose significantly in Europe as a whole, to about 52,200 units, an increase of 18.2 percent compared to December 2009. From January to December, AUDI AG sold 647,600 cars in the region – and confirmed its position as Europe’s best-selling premium car brand.
The Audi brand in Brunei also notched up a huge sales surge last year with over 97% sales increase compared to 2009. Sold through T.C.Y. Motors Sdn Bhd which celebrates its golden anniversary this year, the brand with the four rings also achieved the top selling premium vehicle brand in the month of May. The highly popular Audi Q5 SUV has also become the best selling model locally.
[Source: T.C.Y Motors SDN BHD]