|November 16, 2006
Audi is "Car Company of the Year"
AUDI AG has been presented with one of the automotive world’s most important and coveted Awards: the jury of the renowned British car magazine "Autocar" has presented the "Autocar Award" for "Car Company of the Year 2006" to the premium brand from Ingolstadt.
Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, accepted the Award in the new "Mercedes-Benz World" at the site of the historic Brooklands race track near London. In his acceptance speech, Winterkorn declared: "this Award is for all Audi employees."
The decisive factor for the Autocar jury was the range of products that Audi has launched in recent years. When compared to models from premium competitors such as BMW and Mercedes, the magazine concluded that Audi products: "offered equal value, were arguably better built, and often technologically more interesting. Our exhaustive tests show its models now stand with the best".
The United Kingdom is the largest European export market for the brand with the four rings. Audi has doubled its sales here in the last six years. In 2005, Audi delivered 81,374 cars to customers, which meant that, after Germany and the USA, the United Kingdom was the brand’s third largest market. This year, Audi sales in the UK are expected to surpass last year’s total.