CHENNAI (TIP): German luxury car maker Audi delivered more cars to customers than ever before in a single month in March — around 170,450 deliveries worldwide, a 15.4% year-on-year increase. This result also made March the 51st consecutive month with global sales growth for the brand.
China (+36.6%), Germany (+10.2%) and the United Kingdom (+12.7%) achieved particularly high growth in the past month. Audi’s cumulative sales increased by 11.7 % in the first quarter to around 412,850 units. This was the first time that the company has exceeded the mark of 400,000 vehicles in the first three months. “In March, we achieved a double best figure, completing the most successful first quarter in our company history with the strongest sales month ever,” said Luca de Meo, member of the board of management for sales at AUDI AG.
“With new models like the A3 Sedan the internationalization of our business is gaining momentum. In the first quarter we achieved substantial growth in all regions around the world and grew more strongly than the market in Europe.” In March, the convertibles with the four rings played an important role in the successful start to the spring season: the A5 Cabriolet (+8.3%) and the TT Roadster (+22.6%) achieved a significant global increase year-onyear.
In addition, the new A3 Cabriolet arrived at dealers in the first markets. The A3 Sportback g-tron also celebrated its premiere at dealers in March, paving the way for CO2- neutral mobility with Audi e-gas. For the entire A3 family, sales figures climbed by 52.5% to around 28,750 cars last month. The Q7 (+39%) and the A8 (+49%) achieved the strongest growth among the brand’s full-size models. In Europe, Audi concluded March with an increase of 7.2% across all models to around 88,750 cars sold.
In addition to renewed high growth in Germany (+10.2% to 27,226 cars), the two largest European export markets in particular provided a further boost: 28,068 units were delivered in the United Kingdom, a 12.7% year-onyear increase; the 5,425 cars sold in France represent a 5.1% increase. Audi sales in Europe thus totaled around 200,350 cars for the quarter, 6.8% more than one year ago. Among the large markets in Asia, South Korea spearheaded growth for Audi in March, where sales increased by 82% to 2,457 cars in March.
Sales have increased by 54.5% to 6,815 units since the start of the year. In China, strong demand for Audi’s full-size models fueled sales in March: The A6, A7, Q7 and A8 achieved combined growth of 38.3%. Across all models, the delivery totals in the Middle Kingdom came to 47,636 cars, a 36.6% increase year-on-year. Cumulative total sales of 124,520 vehicles delivered since January represent an increase of 21.1%.