Audi Sees 20% Sales Increase

China sales soar 62%, U.S. up 38%

Audi said on March 8 it anticipated a solid first quarter after February sales gained almost 20% from a year earlier.

Audi said it delivered 75,900 vehicles in February, an increase of 19.9%, "mainly thanks to our leading position in China and Western Europe," and strong sales in the United States, sales director Peter Schwarzenbauer said.

Chinese sales soared 61.7%, while U.S. deliveries were 35.7% higher.

"We are on course for a strong first quarter," Schwarzenbauer said.

In January, Audi sales surpassed those rival Daimler, maker of Mercedes Benz, and they are currently running neck and neck.

BMW is nonetheless set to remain the best-selling luxury brand, saying last month that February sales gained "around 14%" from the year earlier figure of 80,542 vehicles.

After getting slammed by the global economic slowdown, German luxury car makers see much brighter prospects for sales this year.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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