|April 6, 2005
Quarter in Company History
INGOLSTADT, Germany - Audi has finished the first quarter of 2005 with a new
record for vehicle sales: 195,044 new cars were sold worldwide, an increase of
1.8 percent on the previous year's high figure (first quarter of 2004: 191,560).
In the words of Ralph Weyler, Member of the Board for Marketing and Sales at
AUDI AG: "We are clearly on course for a new record year."
Strong growth was achieved especially in Europe, at 9.8 percent. Some individual
markets clearly bettered this: for example, sales in Great Britain were up by
10.2 percent to 25,724, in Spain by 21.6 percent to 14,395, in France by 24.2
percent to 10,090 and in Belgium by 39.6 percent to 7,547 units. High increases
were also recorded in Eastern Europe. The sales volume in Russia, for example,
expanded by 48.8 percent to 1,225 new cars. Sales in Germany were up by 1.8
percent to 56,141 units, clearly defying the general market trend.
The markets in which Audi recently set up its own importer companies, such as
Australia and South Korea, also set new records.